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January 27, 2010

Student songs make NYSUT HQ holds harmonious

Source: NYSUT News Wire
Caption: Secretary-Treasurer Lee Cutler poses with members of the rock band, "Inlite," from left, Griffin Smith, Lee Becker, Nick Kelly, Josh Little, Cutler and Jordan Dixon. The band members, juniors and seniors from Grand Island High School near Buffalo, will play at the upcoming Representative Assembly in Buffalo. Their song "Brightest Star" will be featured on NYSUT's telephone hold music during the weeks of March 23 and 30. Photo provided.

STUDENT SONGS: Listen to the best submissions from around New York state

Telephone hold music at NYSUT headquarters in Latham went from "Muzak" to music in February, thanks to a new union initiative spearheaded by NYSUT Secretary-Treasurer Lee Cutler. Sixteen original student performances are being used as hold music for callers to NYSUT headquarters.'

UPDATE 1/27/10: Eight compositions by students at Mount Pleasant-Blythedale Union Free School District were recently added to the rotation. Scroll for tracks 23-30.

UPDATE 11/25/09: Four compositions by students at Claremont Elementary School in Ossining were recently added to the rotation for NYSUT's hold music program. Scroll for tracks 19-22.

UPDATE 4/8/09: We've added a new song: Track 18 is "Seguir Mis Sueños (Follow My Dreams)" by Las Sencillas of A. MacArthur Barr Middle School.

Pictured above Lee Cutler and Michael Minard, music teacher of A. MacArthur Barr Middle School, with members of Las Sencillas: (left to right) Nicole Lynch, Zoila Mizhirumbay, Stephanie George and Suruchi Anand.  


Track 1

"Insomniac" by John Potrikus with guest vocals by Courtney Farfaglia. John is a senior at SUNY Cortland. Submitted by Paul Farfaglia.


Track 2

"Aftermath" by Lee Medvin, a 9th grade student from Hendrick Hudson High School. Submitted by Joe Stamboni.


Track 3

"Once Upon a Time's No More" by Aurora Pfeiffer, a sophomore from SUNY Oneonta majoring in music industry.


Track 4

"Jazz Jump" by Victor LaBozzetta, a 6th grade student from Selden Middle School, Middle Country Central School District. Music Teacher: Alison Fleming. Director of Music and Fine Arts: Diana Cook.


Track 5

"The Adventures of the Mind" by Victor LaBozzetta, a 6th grade student from Selden Middle School, Middle Country Central School District. Music Teacher: Alison Fleming. Director of Music and Fine Arts: Diana Cook.


Track 6

Vocal and guitar composition by Tristan McGarvey, a fifth grade student from West Gates Elementary School, Lindenhurst. Music Teacher: Emilie D'Andrilli.


Track 7

Vocal composition by Nicholas Mencarelli, a fifth grade student from West Gates Elementary School, Lindenhurst. Music Teacher: Emilie D'Andrilli.


Track 8

"Sounds of Sohmer" by Delia Byrne, a fifth grade student from Myers Corners Elementary School. Music Teacher: Ms. Lancia.


Track 9

"America's Melody." Lyrics by Kelsie Bushart, a first grade student at Lincoln School. Melody by Mary Lou Bonnell, Music Teacher at Newark Central School District. Performed by kindergarten, first and second grade students from the Lincoln School.


Track 10

"Brightest Star", by Inlite, a band made up of Jordan Dixon, Josh Little, Nick Kelly, Griffin Smith and Lee Becker from Grand Island High School. Sponsoring Teacher: Debra Remson.


Track 11

"Journey of Instruments", by Christopher Maier, a 12th grade student from Brighton High School. Teacher: Michael Struzik.


Track 12

"Wither" by Bridgette Guerrette, an eighth grade student from Shaker Junior High School, North Colonie Central Schools. Teachers: Peter Suzuki, Erin Kaplan.


Track 13

"Sibelius" by Greg Frering, a 10th grade student from Clayton A. Bouton High School, Voorheesville. The composition was created using Sibelius, a music notation software program. Teacher: Chris Jantson.


Track 14

"Everett's Theme" by Everett Drayton, a 12th grade student at Hempstead High School. Music Teacher: Benjamin J. Coleman.


Track 15

By Sasha Unterschuetz, a fifth grade student from West Gates Elementary School. Music Teacher: Emilie D'Andrilli.


Track 16

"Un Reve" by Augusta Bargeron and Jennifer Edwards, grade 12, Roy C. Ketcham High School. Music Teacher: Richard Holod.


Track 17

"Dragon of the Full Moon" by Will Schwartz, grade 4, Sidney Central School District. Teacher: Amy Hoxie. [NEW]


Track 18

"Seguir Mis Sueños (Follow My Dreams)" by Las Sencillas: Nicole Lynch, Zoila Mizhirumbay, Stephanie George and Suruchi Anand of A. MacArthur Barr Middle School. Music Teacher: Michael Minard. [NEW]


UPDATE 11/25

Four compositions by students at Claremont Elentary School in Ossining were recently added to the rotation for NYSUT's hold music program (tracks 19-22).

Track 19

"Song One" by Molly Haag., a 4th grade student at Claremont Elementary School in Ossining.


Track 20

"Sadie's Sonata", by Sade Tukuru, a 5th grade student at Claremont Elementary School in Ossining.


Track 21

"Japanese Song" by Ari Kanevski, a 6th grade student at Claremont Elementary School in Ossining.


Track 22

"Team" by Dan Scanteianu, written in when he was a 5th grade student at Claremont Elementary School in Ossining.


Mount Pleasant-Blythedale Union Free School

Track 23

Untitled by Jocelyn Holder, an 11th grade student from the Mount Pleasant-Blythedale Union Free School District.


Track 24

Untitled by Besarta Rabushaj, a 12th grade student from the Mount Pleasant-Blythedale Union Free School District.


Track 25

"Bark" by Michael Ragusa, a 12th grade student from the Mount Pleasant-Blythedale Union Free School District.


Track 26

"Raven" by Besarta Rabushaj, a 12th grade student from the Mount Pleasant-Blythedale Union Free School District.


Track 27

"The Block" by Michael Ragusa, a 12th grade student from the Mount Pleasant-Blythedale Union Free School District.


Track 28

"Missin' You" by Jocelyn Holder, an 11th grade student from the Mount Pleasant-Blythedale Union Free School District.


Track 29

"Blythedale Rap" by Chris Pichardo, a 12th grade student from the Mount Pleasant-Blythedale Union Free School District.


Track 30

"Askimun" by Chris Pichardo" by Chris Pichardo, a 12th grade student from the Mount Pleasant-Blythedale Union Free School District.