December 5, 2013
Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 7:27 AM EDT
Kenmore, N.Y. (WKBW) - The music department at Kenmore East High School is hitting all the right notes.
“We have a unique program where we start beginners in the high school and we work them through career readiness,” Band Director Phil Aguglia said.
This unique approach and the students' overwhelming talent that has gotten them to the Semifinals of the 2014 Grammy Signature School contest. If they win, this contest would bring much need funds and notoriety to the school.
“I look at this as an opportunity to capture some fund to do an artist and residents program here at Kenmore East with music composers, music therapists, audio technicians, all on a regular basis to help train our students to help find career paths or decide if the career path is right for them,” Aguglia said.
Senior Danny Bub has been playing the saxophone since fourth grade.
“I love to play. I think it's a great thing to do and its just fun,” Bub said.
He said the school already has a program that is above the rest.
“If we win it shows that we really have a great program cause we do. We should be proud that we have a program like this in Buffalo,” Bub said.
The money not only helps the school program but helps the music students to get involved with other activities that benefit the entire community.
“We are a part of the Winter Youth Jazz Festival which is a new thing here in Buffalo. Part of it is being hosted here at Kenmore East on January 31st. We've got artists coming from all over the country including the Stan Kenton Band, Steve Miller Band, Count Basie Band,” Aguglia said.
Now, the chorus, band and orchestra had to submit audio clips displaying their talent, all in hopes to win that big award.