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In the news Graphic BHS Steel Drum Band has taught students Caribbean music for 18 years
A couple years after Joel Smales heard Ithaca College's Steel Band, he bought a steel pan of his own to play along with Binghamton High School's Jazz Ensemble."Everybody loved it," said Smales, a music teacher at the school. "I got some old drums, and from there, it kind of blossomed and took off."
Soon, Smales secured a grant to purchase a few old steel pans for the school, and the Steel Drum Band was formed in 1999. Read the BHS Steel Drum story on Press Connects
group of student winners stand together in B H S art gallery with their certificates Reflections Art Competition Winners Announced
Congratulations to all of the BHS students who participated in the Reflections Art Competition sponsored by the PTSA. A ceremony took place Dec. 5 to recognize the winners. First and second place winners from each category will automatically move on to the Southeastern Region competition.  
In the news Graphic SMASH Members Make Music Out Of Household Objects
Before members of Smash were dismissed from an October rehearsal at East Middle School, they were given homework.  Robert Crissman, the group's director, asked students to dig up anything in their house that could be transformed into a shaker. M&M containers or peanut butter jars could do the trick, he suggested.  This is not unusual for the group, which makes music out of everything from Pringle cans, to metal trash can lids, trash cans, buckets and even kitchen sinks.  Read the whole story on PressConnects.   
In the news graphic BCSD Alumnus, Rod Serling Celebrated for his Legacy
It's been nearly 60 years since "The Twilight Zone" first aired on TV. Rod Serling's hometown has gone through some changes since then, but pieces of Binghamton that inspired the Emmy Award winning screenwriter still remain.

Serling was born in Syracuse and moved to Binghamton with his family in 1924. His time in Binghamton would inspire one of the reoccurring themes in Serling's work. “To get away from the stress of work, the stress of everyday life and to go back to his hometown," says Larry Kassan, Serling enthusiast and Special Events and Theater Coordinator at Binghamton High School. Watch the Rod Serling Story on WICZ

four students and teacher stand smiling BHS Students Learn about Chinese Culture During Moon Festival
Students from Binghamton High School's IB Chinese class learned about Chinese culture and traditions at the Rock Center’s Second Annual Moon Festival Gala in Syracuse. Nya Gibson, Natalie Sheehan, Elise White, and Sienna Merrill joined their teacher Ms. Chen Berry for the Moon Festival, or Mid-Autumn Festival, which is a Chinese gathering for thanksgiving, as friends and family reunite in celebration of the harvest.  
Girl playing violin BHS Junior Chosen to Represent District at NYSSMA's All-State Conference
Congratulations to Sophia Klin who was selected to represent Binghamton High School at New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) All-State Conference. The conference will take place in Rochester, N.Y. from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3. The All-State experience began when Klin spent countless hours preparing her NYSSMA Level VI solo. Last spring, over 6,500 sophomores and juniors from across the state of New York prepared for All-State evaluations in the hope of being selected. 
Albert Nocciolino and Tony Kadlec take part in TONYs Two BCSD Alumni Take Part in 2017 TONY Awards
Two former BCHS students were part of last evening's TONY Awards. Albert Nocciolino won two TONYs as one of the producers for the Best Musical Revival "Hello Dolly" and Best Musical "Dear Evan Hansen." Tony Kadlec was playing in the trumpet section for the prestigious TONY Awards orchestra.  Both Nocciolino and Kadlec have been honored as Distinguished Graduates, Nocciolino in 1995 and Kadlec in 2005.  
In the news Students Take Part in Inaugural Mann Jamboree
Students at Horace Mann Elementary were treated to a puppet show Friday as part of their end of year celebration.The inaugural Mann Jamboree featured a performance by the Catskill Puppet Theater.The group put on a play about the discrimination that immigrants face focusing on a Chinese family and an Irish family during the California gold rush. Watch the story on WIVT 
In the news Coolidge and MacArthur Musicians Play Concert at Zoo
Overture Community Band, MacArthur Elementary and Calvin Coolidge Elementary combined bands Sunday afternoon for one large concert at the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park. The concert brought together beginner level musicians of all ages at the parks amphitheater.Overture is a beginner level concert band designated for adults. Kim Mataxas, Director of the Band says they are always looking for more members. Watch the story on WICZ 
Photo of students inducted to music society Music Honor Society Launched at Binghamton High School
The Tri-M® Music Honor Society, the honor society for secondary school music students, announces the chartering of a new chapter at BHS under the leadership of Elizabeth Bartlett. The formation of this chapter signifies the school’s recognition of the importance of the arts in the development of a comprehensive educational program. 
graphic that says in the news BHS Students Win Mother's Day Card Art Contest
The artwork of two Binghamton High School students will appear on Mother's Day cards to benefit the Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network.The organization announced freshman Cindy Zhang, and sophomore Jarett Davis won this years contest.While this is the fourth year for Mother's and Babies Mother's Day card campaign, it is the first time organizers are using art from local students. Watch the story on WICZ. 
Photo of 4 students with orchestra instruments Students Chosen to Participate in BCMEA 5-6 Orchestra
Four students from the MacArthur Elementary, Thomas Jefferson Elementary, East Middle School, and West Middle School Orchestra programs were selected to participate in the 2017 BCMEA 5-6 Orchestra Festivals. They auditioned with other area students in order to be chosen for these programs. 
photo of 7 students with orchestra instruments East, West, BHS Students Participate in BCMEA 7-9 Orchestra
Seven students from the East Middle School, West Middle School, and Binghamton High School Orchestra programs were selected to participate in the 2016 BCMEA 7-9 Orchestra Festival. They auditioned with other area students in order to be chosen for this orchestra. The BCMEA 7-9 Orchestra Festival was March 17 and 18 at the Anderson Center at Binghamton University. 
graphic that says in the news BHS Senior Jonah Capani Accepted to Top-Tier Music College
A dream has turned into a reality for one Binghamton High School senior. Binghamton High School senior Jonah Capani was accepted to the prestigious Eastman School of Music."The whole time that I've known I wanted to go into music, I've wanted to go to Eastman," said Capani.And Eastman is where Jonah will take his singing voice after graduating this year. Watch the story on WBNG. 
photo of chorus performing at mall BCSD Musicians Showcased During 'Music in Our Schools Month'

March is Music in our Schools Month and Binghamton City School District has been well represented. On Monday, March 6 the Binghamton High School Music Department was featured. The following ensembles performed in front of JC Penny; the orchestra under the direction of Ms. Bartlett, the Crescendos, Davidge Choir and Concert Choir under the direction of Mrs. Easley and the Steel Band under the direction of Mr. Smales. 

graphic that says in the news BHS Students Team up with Local Singing Group for 'Music Man'
Binghamton High School students have teamed up with a local barbershop-style singing group to the tune of 76 Trombones.The Rod Serling School of Arts is presenting a musical performance of "The Music Man."The students are joined by members of the Southern Tiersmen, a barbershop quartet that performs throughout the community. Watch the story on WIVT 
photo of 2 actresses and man introducing them Actors with Local Ties Visit BHS Students
Cast members of the touring Broadway show "Pippin" stopped by the Rod Serling School of Arts to talk about the industry with students. Imani Williams, a 2015 Binghamton University graduate and Housso Semon, who was raised in Ithaca, discussed their roles in Pippin and how they got started in theatre. Housso plays "Lead Player" in Pippin, which is playing at the Forum Theatre, and Williams is her understudy, but injured her achilles tendon during a rehearsal. Watch the story on WICZ 
photo of 3 students with t-shirts BHS Students Design Winning Parade Day T-Shirts
Two Binghamton students were rewarded Wednesday for coming up with the winning designs for the 2017 Parade Day T-Shirts. Ninth graders Sophia Palmer and Cindy Zhang both received a $100 reward from local Hibernian Society, which organizes the parade. Palmer designed the front of the shirt, while Zhang created the design on the back. Watch the story on WBNG, WICZ  and WIVT 
image of in the news graphic Teen Singer from Wales Performs for BHS Students
16 year-old Dyfan Parry Jones performed for some fellow teens Monday at Binghamton High School. Jones is a singer from Wales who is on his first trip to the United States. His visit is being organized by former Binghamton Schools administrator Carolyn Price, who first heard Jones sing when she was in Wales.Jones has been singing since age 3, has won numerous competitions in his home country and released a CD at age 13. Watch the story on WIVT 
BHS Production of 'Music Man' Features Local Quartet image BHS Production of 'Music Man' Features Local Quartet
Binghamton High school students will take the stage in a few weeks for their next musical, "The Music Man". They will be joined by a local barbershop quartet "The SouthernTiersmen." "I guess the surprise to me is how well prepared the students are here," one of the quartet's members said, "So we thought we had to raise our game to be to their level." Read the story on WBNG 
artwork from competition BHS Students Advance to State Art Competition
Three students from Binghamton High School will be advancing to the state competition for the PTSA Reflections contest. Congratulations to: Baiyina Richardson for her visual arts entry ‘The Girl in the Hijab’ Daveline Kenya Bruce for her literature entry ‘Freedom Love’ and to Jake Carns for his film production entry ‘Life’. All the artists who participated in the regional judging received a certificate, a ribbon and a gift card for the Oakdale Mall. The art was displayed at the mall followed by a reception. The New York state winners will be announced in early Spring and they will advance to the National PTA competition. 
Five Sax Performs for Roosevelt Students image Five Sax Performs for Roosevelt Students
The modern-style saxophone quintet, Five Sax performed for Roosevelt Elementary students on Feb. 1. The group features musicians from around the world, who thrill audiences with their exciting way of performing. One of the members is Joel Diegert who grew up in Vestal. Although one of the members was not able to attend the assembly he will be there for their performance on Feb. 3 as they perform in the Binghamton Philharmonic Chamber Series. 
Two musicians performing on stage World Renowned Saxophone Group Performs for BHS Students

The modern-style saxophone quintet, Five Sax performed for Binghamton High School students on Feb. 1. Five Sax features musicians from around the world, who thrill audiences with their exciting performances. The group includes Joel Diegert a Vestal, N.Y. native and musicians from Italy,Poland,Chile and Japan.The group will be performing a ‘Sax Voyage’ in the Binghamton Philharmonic Chamber Series at the Double Tree Hotel on Feb. 3.

Girl playing violin BHS Sophomore Performs with Binghamton Youth Symphony Orchestra
BHS sophomore Sophia Klin performed with the Binghamton Youth Symphony Orchestra. The Binghamton Youth Symphony conducts an annual competition to choose soloists to perform with the Symphony Orchestra at the annual Winter Concert held in January each year. The soloists must be members of the Binghamton Youth Symphony Orchestra. Read more in Press & Sun 
MacArthur Chorus Sings at Senators Hockey Game image MacArthur Chorus Sings at Senators Hockey Game
The MacArthur Chorus had the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at the Binghamton Senators hockey game on Dec. 17. Way to go! 
BCSD Wins National Award for Scenic Design image BCSD Wins National Award for Scenic Design
Binghamton High School’s production of 'Once Upon a Mattress' was awarded 1st Prize in a national contest sponsored by Kenmark Scenic Studios. The contest featured Best Use of a theatrical backdrop in a scenic design. Binghamton High School’s 2016 production of 'Once Upon a Mattress' was one of five national finalists. 
BHS Serling Players Put on "An Evening of One Act Comedies' image BHS Serling Players Put on "An Evening of One Act Comedies'
 BHS Serling Players performed 'An Evening of One Act Comedies' over the weekend to a packed house. They performed 'An Actors Nightmare' by Christopher Durang and '13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview' by Ian McWethy.  The performances were directed by Jennifer Corby. See a photo gallery of the performance here.  
Actress Returns to Binghamton Alma Mater image Actress Returns to Binghamton Alma Mater
Students at Binghamton High School got some insight into what it's like to pursue a career in theater from a Binghamton alum. Julia Motyka is a 1997 Binghamton graduate, known for her roles in The Kindergarten Shuffle and In The Family. Primarily a stage actress, she fell in love with the theater while still a student at Binghamton. Watch the story on WICZ 
Summer Youth Musical Theatre Workshop Finds New Home at BHS image Summer Youth Musical Theatre Workshop Finds New Home at BHS
This August the Summer Youth Musical Theatre Workshop presented four sold out performances of the hit international musical Les Miserables at the BHS Helen Foley Theatre. After almost 18 years at Binghamton University organizers of the three week musical theatre workshop were thrilled to take residency in their new home at Binghamton High School.  
Rod Serling Spring Dance Highlights image Rod Serling Spring Dance Highlights
Watch our newest video highlighting the Rod Serling Spring Dance Concert.  The students, under the direction of Chelsea Gavazzi performed on April 21.  Watch the video on our YouTube Channel. 
BHS Junior Wins Second Place in Prestigious Competition image BHS Junior Wins Second Place in Prestigious Competition
Binghamton High School junior Ethan Wetzel was awarded second place in the prestigious Southern Tier Music Teacher's Association (STMTA) Concerto Competition held at Binghamton University.  Wetzel performed on the Winners Concert on alto saxophone.  Congratulations! 
Steel Drum Band Performs in Baltimore image Steel Drum Band Performs in Baltimore
The Steel Drum Band, under the direction of Joel Smales, rocked it out in Baltimore this past weekend. Not only did the band sound amazing while performing….but the actions of the students at a baseball game and at a restaurant are to be commended. 
Media Arts students 3D print image Media Arts students 3D print
Mrs. Crans’ Media Arts class recently completed a unit of study focusing on 3D printing. Library intern, Mr. Roman taught students about the history of 3D printing, and discussed the implications of 3D printing in the future. Students then learned how to render a 3D model from a series of photographs, and how to draft a model using Tinkercad drafting software. Students were then able to print their work. A special thank you to Mrs.Sluzar and Mr. Roman for making this project possible! 
Two BHS Students Receive 100% on NYSSMA Solos image Two BHS Students Receive 100% on NYSSMA Solos
Congratulations to our two Binghamton High School choral students that received a 100% on their NYSSMA All-State solo this year.  Jonah Capani (11th grade) and Olivia Capozzi (10th grade) sang their All-State solo at the NYSSMA festival in Johnson City on April 15. Both students are members of the BHS Mixed Chorus and Concert Choir. Congratulations! 
IB Students Performed 'My Luke, The Iron Horse' image IB Students Performed 'My Luke, The Iron Horse'
Members of the BHS International Baccalaureate Theatre Class at BHS along with director Mrs. Koniuto and Producer Mr. Kassan pose with author Keith Van Derbeck after their performance of an original play - My Luke, The Iron Horse. the story of Lou Gehrig. 
Rod Serling School Dance Concert This Thursday image Rod Serling School Dance Concert This Thursday
Come see the Rod Serling School Dance Department Spring Dance Concert directed by Chelsea Gavazzi with lighting design by Lawrence Kassan this Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. All seats are $5.  For more information call 762-8202.  
Watch Highlights from BHS Musical image Watch Highlights from BHS Musical
In case you missed it, you can watch a highlight reel from the BHS performance of Once Upon a Mattress on the BCSD YouTube Page 
West Middle School Jazz Musicians Jam at Lost Dog image West Middle School Jazz Musicians Jam at Lost Dog

This past Wednesday at the Lost Dog Jazz Jam, students from West Middle School jammed with the professional group Miles Ahead, directed by Mike Carbone. Their selection was ”When the Saints Go Marching In,” a tune they've been working on to develop improvisation technique, reinforce music theory chordal structure and form, and public performance confidence. 

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