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Music Clinics Provide Additional Support for LHS Musicians
Friday, April 5, 2019
The Liverpool Central School District Music Department is home to topnotch music teachers. That’s why the NAMM Foundation recently honored the district as one of its Best Communities for Music Education (the 10th time in 12 years).
The roots of Liverpool’s music program are just as strong, which is why Liverpool High School’s music teachers often provide additional opportunities for high quality music instruction by inviting former students, teachers and administrators to work with current students.
In just the last month and a half, one LHS graduate and two retired educators returned to the high school to provide clinics for interested students.
LHS graduate Kevin Dimmel stopped by to conduct a clinic for high school saxophone players. While at LHS, he played saxophone with the Symphonic Band & Jazz Ensemble, and served as a drum major for the LHS Marching Warriors. After graduating, Dimmel attended Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in music. He currently is employed by the West Genesee Central School District where he teaches middle and high school woodwind lessons as well as directs the West Genny Jazz Ensemble and Marching Band.
Retired music teacher James Spadafore returned to the LHS classroom when he conducted a clinic for the school’s clarinet players. Spadafore began his LCSD career as a music teacher at Liverpool Elementary and Liverpool Middle. In 1993, he began teaching at LHS where he brought national recognition to the music program through his directorship of the LHS Jazz Ensemble and his establishment of the annual Jumpin’ Jazz Jam concert. Spadafore currently is a saxophonist with Syracuse Stage and the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. He also directs the Onondaga Community College Band.
Finally, Liverpool legend Joe Riposo shared his vast musical knowledge with students in the LHS Symphonic Band. Riposo served as the district’s director of music education for 31 years, retiring in 1991. He also served as the director of jazz studies at Syracuse University for 28 years. Riposo has played the role of jazz coordinator and clinician for the New York State School Music Association and holds certification as a woodwind and state jazz adjudicator. He has published more than 50 books which focus on not only developing jazz technique, but a jazz language. Riposo has performed with many prominent jazz artists including Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Harry Connick Jr. He also has served as a conductor for many jazz ensembles featuring guests such as Dizzy Gillespie, Phil Woods, Marvin Stamm and Darius Brubeck.