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Massena Music Friends recognized in ribbon-cutting ceremony

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MASSENA - Current Massena Central High School musicians posed in front of a trophy-filled display case on Monday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, representing their program’s past and current success.

The Massena Music Friends celebrated the establishment of their high school’s music hall of fame during a brief meeting yesterday and enjoyed refreshments afterwards.

Committee members said that while not a typical induction ceremony that you may see honoring individual athletes, their event focused on honoring the past and present accomplishments of the school’s music department.

“(Our group) is essentially a booster club of sorts for the music program district wide and we see our role as supporting the kids in ways that wouldn’t be necessarily in musical ways, but they would be in just generally supportive in other ways. We also see a role as being a support mechanism for the staff - again, not necessarily in a monetary way, but in a logistical way,” Massena Music Friends President Paul Haggett said. “Our third and biggest thing is to raise funds for the needs of the music program that go beyond the normal school budget - the taxpayer-funded budget.”

Mr. Haggett added that the creation of a music hall of fame has been a collaborative effort between the Music Friends, the school administration, music faculty and technology faculty.

He also noted that there is a chance that down the road the group could attempt to make the hall of fame have more of a sports feel to it.

“There are no real inductees. This is not like your typical sports hall of fame, at least at this point. I think one of the things that we’re looking at down the road is the idea of through some sort of process, picking and choosing notable graduates of Massena High School that have gone on to performance careers or technical careers in music and entertainment, that type of thing. But at this point what we’re really doing is - we’re just trying to spotlight the program in total and make sort of a permanent area in which more things can be shown off in the future. It just gives all of that recognition,” Mr. Haggett said.

MMF Membership Committee Co-Chair Pat Tubbs pointed out the importance of recognizing all music department members, no matter how prominent their role may be.

“Whether you’re the kid who has got the lead or you’re the kid who flipped the switch to make the lights work, you all did it together. It’s about that experience that we celebrate, and whether you go on in music or not, this changed your life,” she said. “It’s about the fact that (music) is a big strength of the district, that it has shaped the life of every kid who has gone through here, and we never had a place where you could see it like this. It was all spread around, in people’s filing cabinets and now we can see all of these awards.”


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