BATAVIA — Five alumni and two former band directors had to wait a year to receive honors for their accomplishments, but they will be recognized next week in a ceremony at 7 p.m. May 20 at Batavia High School.
The selection committee for Musicians of Note said it received numerous outstanding nominations in January 2020 prior to the COVID outbreak. Rather than have a virtual ceremony in 2020, the Musicians of Note Committee decided to postpone the celebration until it was able to properly honor the 2020 recipients. It is now able to hold the event by following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and with limited seating.
Nominees will be recognized with a video presentation. The Batavia High School Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Beauty Shop Ensemble, and the Batavia High School String Ensemble will perform for the first time since December 2019.
A plaque featuring the musicians’ accomplishments will be displayed on the new Musicians Of Note wall at the High School.
The 2020-2021 recipients for the Musician of Note Award include Kenneth Hay, former BHS band director; Melinda Hay, former Elementary band director; Joseph Robusto, Class of ’65; Harold McJury, ‘68; Marc Ferrari (Schuman), ’80; Patrick Jee, ‘96; and Alexander Davis, ’08.
The candidates and their accomplishments are as follows:
Kenneth Hay (1982-2003),former BHS band director
nGenesee-Wyoming Music Educators president;
nConducted All-County bands in Genesee and Orleans counties;
nPit Orchestra conductor for 18 Batavia Rotary Club productions;
nNamed a Paul Harris Fellow by the Batavia Rotary Club;
nPresented with the GO ART! Genesee-Orleans Community Arts Award, 2003.
Melinda Hay (1983-2003), former Elementary band director
nHelped to organize the first Elementary All-County Festival in Genesee County;
nConducted an Elementary All-County Band;
nEnjoyed starting many young musicians on their first band instrument;
nCreated “Tour Day” for the Batavia Advanced Band;
nWas honored to “pin” a flower on each graduating Senior at the Batavia Pageant of Bands.
Joseph Robusto, ‘65
nExemplified his Batavia High Yearbook designations of “Friendliest” and “Best Smile”;
nTalented classical accordionist and disciplined competitor who attained the Alternate National Accordion Championship title as the youngest recipient at age 16;
nCompeted and adjudicated nationally and internationally;
nOutstanding musician and dedicated instructor, a loving and supportive family man, a well-known local business owner and community supporter, and a friend to everyone he became acquainted with!
nAmazing accordion and piano performer whose fine tuned technique and interpretative skills would captivate you by drawing you into the moving story he was telling through his music.
Harold McJury, ‘68
nGuest soloist with Genesee Symphony Orchestra;
nBatavia Youth Bureau Adult Volunteer of the Year;
nDCI Volunteer of the Year 1995;
nBuglers Hall of Fame 2016;
nUS Navy Submarine Service during the Vietnam War.
Marc Schumann Ferrari, ‘80
nSalutatorian BHS Class of 1980;
nMember of major label recording artists Keel and Cold Sweat;
nGuitarist in the hit movies Wayne’s World and Wayne’s World 2;
nTwo-time published author: “Rock Star 101” and “Don’t Dilly Dally Silly Sally”;
nFather of the most awesome daughter, Sierra.
Patrick Jee ‘96
nJoined the New York Philharmonic in 2012;
nPerformed at the United Nations in 2003;
nEditor for the International Music Company;
nPerformed as music therapist for endangered elephants in Thailand.
Alexander Davis ‘08
nFounder and artistic director of Sugar Hill Salon Chamber Music for Black and Brown Classical Musicians;
nPerformed with Detroit Symphony Orchestra;
nToured with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra;
nAdministrative manager for Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival;
nTeaching Artist at The Park Avenue Armory.