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Top honors for HSW musicians

October 3, 2023

The administration and music department of Smithtown HS West are proud to congratulate the following 2023-2024 NYSSMA All State Musicians. Congratulations to Ethan Benstock (Instrumental Jazz), Erika Gehrling (Alternate), Mikayla Grafstein (Alternate), Katie Greening (Alternate), Matthew Lasher (Alternate), Tyler Walters (Symphonic Band) and Heng Ye (Alternate). As a result of a perfect NYSSMA score on an All-State level solo, these elite musicians have been selected to a New York State honors performing ensemble. This is the highest performance honor in the state and is a magnificent achievement for these outstanding students. We are very proud to have them represent Smithtown HS West at this year’s All State festival in Rochester and we commend their superior achievements!  

Pictured left to right, Front Row: Symphonic Band Teacher Laura Lemanis, Katie Greening, Heng Ye, Ethan Benstock and Erika Gehrling

Back Row: Concert Band Teacher Frank Scheno, Concert Choir Teacher James Brosnan, Matthew Lasher, Tyler Walters, Mikayla Grafstein, Director of Fine Arts Michael Mastrangelo, Symphonic Orchestra Teacher Joseph Cotignola

NYSCAME/SCMEA Division IV All County Musicians -

These students have earned this very prestigious honor through outstanding scores at the 2023 NYSSMA solo festival. In addition to demonstrating superior musicianship, these students continually excel in their ensemble classes, rehearsals and many performances throughout the year. We are very proud to have them represent Smithtown HS West at this year’s NYSCAME/SCMEA Division IV  All County Festival. 

Pictured left to right, Front Row: Raquel Sciacca, Jia Macalinao, Nicholas Stallone, Noella Sexton, Heng Ye, Katie Greening and Ethan Benstock

Back Row: Concert Band Teacher Frank Scheno, Symphonic Band Teacher Laura Lemanis, Concert Choir Teacher James Brosnan, Christian Vinas, Matthew Lasher, Rose Link, Jarod Hirsch, Erika Gehrling, Mikayla Grafstein, Tyler Walters, Director of Fine Arts Michael Mastrangelo, Ethan Kim, Symphonic Orchestra Teacher Joseph Cotignola

Not Pictured: Henri Buchet

All County Jazz Musicians - These students have earned this very prestigious honor through outstanding scores at the 2023 NYSSMA Jazz solo festival. We are very proud to have them represent Smithtown HS West at this year’s All County Jazz Festival. 

Pictured left to right, Front Row: Rose Link, Jarod Hirsch, Noella Sexton and Nicholas Stallone

Back Row: Symphonic Band Teacher Laura Lemanis, Concert Band Teacher Frank Scheno, Concert Choir Teacher James Brosnan, Brandon Castoro, Marilena Castoro, Director of Fine Arts Michael Mastrangelo, Ethan Benstock and Symphonic Orchestra Joseph Cotignola

Not Pictured: Hannah Waller

Students smiling for pictures

Students smiling for pictures

Students smiling for pictures