Salem Quaker City Band member earns award
Gabriella Sandy recently received the Tommy Guilbert “Music For Life” Award from the Association of Concert Bands. She is one of only five individuals in the United States to be honored with this recognition.
Sandy, a resident of Niles, graduated from Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree and is presently teaching in the Youngstown City Schools while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Conducting. She has been a member oy the Salem Quaker City Band for the past five years.
Robert J. Barnett, Music Director and Conductor of the SQCB recommended her for this acknowledgement. In his nomination he noted, “Not only has Gabby become an indispensable musician within our ensemble but has also encouraged a number of other students and friends from her high school and university to join our ranks. Her positive attitude, effervescent personality and passion for music are ever present and influences those around her to reach their full potential.
“This talented, resourceful and dedicated young woman is most worthy of this recognition.”
The Association of Concert Band’s mission is to foster excellence in concert band music through performance, education and advocacy. This special recognition award was established in the memory of former ACB President, Tommy Guilbert, in order to further Tommy’s deep belief in his vision, “Music for Life.” The award is to encourage young musicians to nurture passions of band performance throughout their adult life.
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