Tonawanda News — The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is set to honor two local musicians today at their annual Celebration of Music Education awards at Kleinhans Music Hall.
The BPO will award Aaron Schuman, a trumpet player who attends Kenmore West High School, with a $2,000 scholarship.
“He has performed in the Erie County Music Educators Associations’ All-County band, orchestra and jazz band, the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra and the National Association of Music Education All-Eastern Honors Band,” a statement from the BPO reads.
Schuman plans to major in music performance in college.
Ken Fick, the director of music at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in the Town of Tonawanda, will receive the BPO and Niagara County Music Educators Association Award for Excellence In Music Education.
Fick has directed the choruses at Edward Town Middle School in the Niagara-Wheatfield Central School and is the vice-president for choruses on the Niagara County Music Educators Association executive board.
Fick has also served as the chairperson for High School Classroom music for the New York State School Music Association.
“His choirs have earned numerous gold and gold gold with distinction awards at NYSSMA major organization festivals over the past sixteen years,” a statement from the BPO reads.