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Band practice at Nyack High School

Band director Mike Smith, left, instructs the jazz

Band director Mike Smith, left, instructs the jazz band at Nyack High School. Trumpet players Jonathan Rizner, 17, center, of Nyack , and Michael Buonocore, 18, of Valley Cottage are also pictured. (March 21, 2013) Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Students practice with their instruments at Nyack High School. Nyack has preserved their performing arts programs while other school districts, including East Ramapo School District have cut such programs.

Band director Mike Smith, left, instructs the jazz
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Band director Mike Smith, left, instructs the jazz band at Nyack High School. Trumpet players Jonathan Rizner, 17, center, of Nyack , and Michael Buonocore, 18, of Valley Cottage are also pictured. (March 21, 2013)

Alto saxophonist Harrison Santana, 16, stands for his
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Alto saxophonist Harrison Santana, 16, stands for his solo with the jazz band at Nyack High School. (March 21, 2013)

Marcus Stilwell, far right, 15, of Nyack plays
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Marcus Stilwell, far right, 15, of Nyack plays the baritone saxophone as he rehearses for an upcoming concert with the jazz band at Nyack High School. (March 21, 2013)

Band director Mike Smith, left, plays along with
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Band director Mike Smith, left, plays along with the jazz band at Nyack High School. Trumpet player Jonathan Rizner, 17, right, of Nyack, is also pictured. (March 21, 2013)

Marcus Stilwell, far right, 15, of Nyack plays
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Marcus Stilwell, far right, 15, of Nyack plays the baritone saxophone as he rehearses for an upcoming concert with the jazz band at Nyack High School. (March 21, 2013)

Chad Jean-Marie, 14, of Nyack plays the trombone
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Chad Jean-Marie, 14, of Nyack plays the trombone in Nyack High School's jazz band. (March 21, 2013)

Band director Mike Smith, left, instructs the jazz
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Band director Mike Smith, left, instructs the jazz band at Nyack High School. Trumpet players Jonathan Rizner, 17, center, of Nyack , and Michael Buonocore, 18, of Valley Cottage are also pictured. (March 21, 2013)

Bassist Devlin McDermott, 15, of Valley Cottage plays
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Bassist Devlin McDermott, 15, of Valley Cottage plays with the jazz band at Nyack High School. Percussionist Anders Fleming, 18, of Nyack is pictured in the background. (March 21, 2013)

Pianist Brianna Brickman, 17, of Nyack plays with
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Pianist Brianna Brickman, 17, of Nyack plays with the jazz band at Nyack High School. Instructor Mike Smith plays the trumpet in the background. (March 21, 2013)

Pianist Brianna Brickman, 17, bottom right, of Nyack
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Pianist Brianna Brickman, 17, bottom right, of Nyack plays with the jazz band at Nyack High School. Instructor Mike Smith plays the trumpet in the background. (March 21, 2013)

Percussionist Anders Fleming, 18, of Nyack plays with
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Percussionist Anders Fleming, 18, of Nyack plays with the jazz band at Nyack High School. (March 21, 2013)

Band director Mike Smith, left, explains the nuances
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Band director Mike Smith, left, explains the nuances of a particularly difficult section of Duke Ellington's piece "Mood Indigo" as he works with the jazz band at Nyack High School. Trumpet players Jonathan Rizner, 17, center, of Nyack , and Michael Buonocore, 18, of Valley Cottage are also pictured. (March 21, 2013)

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