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One-of-a-kind concert to feature four local school music programs – WKBW

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — The importance of music education, especially for inner-city school students, is the focus of a special concert Monday night at

Kenmore East High School in Tonawanda.

7 Eyewitness News senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a rehearsal to learn about this suburban-city school collaboration.

Kenmore East band director Phil Aguglia wears a Mickey Mouse hat as he conducts students. Aguglia is a product of Buffalo Public Schools and a graduate of Hutch Tech. But the 27-year veteran music teacher worries about city students who might not have the full advantage of music education, so he created a unique concert collaboration – ‘A Celebration of Harmony in our Community’. It will feature bands from Hutch Tech, Buffalo Performing Arts and Cheektowaga Central High School for a unified performance.

“It’s awesome – build that bridge – you know we’re all the same – kids are the same – they all eat and breathe the same stuff. It’s chicken fingers and pizza all day long – why can’t we make music together and to me this has always been a passion,” Aguglia declared.

Student band members are also collaborating with Music is Art by finishing the phrase ‘Music is…’ and sharing it in classrooms and on-line.

Kenmore East senior Mckinley Falkowski plays bass.

“There is an extremely important aspect of music that – it’s not just with playing an instrument it’s the social network that it creates – it’s the emotional aspect that it enhances,” explained Falkowski.

Senior Rachel Hamilton plays the flute.

“I find that it’s a really good creative outlet – especially senior year – academics are getting really stressful

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