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A concert with 'pop'

"The concert itself is a tradition in the district," said Lee Russo, conductor of the high school's jazz band.

Russo conducted the jazz band through two numbers, "Mack the Knife" and the theme from "The Flintstones."

"I'm always impressed with how well the community comes together and how the community supports the music department," Lori Hershenhart, director of music for the district, said.

According to Hershenhart the concert is all the more important considering the budget cuts that school districts are facing.

"It's a difficult fiscal time, we are of course concerned, which is why at a time like this it's more important to come together as a community," she said.

"Of course we worry about losing the arts because of budget cuts," said Lee.

He said the arts are an essential part of a high school student's education, equal to that of science or math.

"There are so many studies done that say those who perform music, score higher in other areas," he said.

Between $5,000-$6,000 was raised at the concert. The money raised will go to "scholarships, music enrichment programs, and to help kids with their finances as they go to festivals."

She also said that Guilderland Music, Parents, and Friends will hold additional fundraisers throughout the school year to benefit the district's music department.

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