Finley Middle School’s sixth- and seventh-grade bands were awarded the gold level at the 2015 NYSSMA Majors Festival at Hofstra University on May 19.
At the festival, bands, choruses and orchestras from around Long Island perform and are graded by two adjudicators. The seventh-grade band performed under the direction of teacher Brittney Frank Rifkind. Rifkind also led the sixth-grade student-musicians along with teacher Keith Schmidt.
Each of the Finley bands played three musical selections, which were also performed at this year's spring concert. The judges were especially impressed with the bands’ skillset and musicality. Congratulations to the bands for their hard work and dedication!