Record number of music students selected for NYSBDA

High School-age students standing shoulder to shoulder holding their music instruments including  a saxophone and french horn
The NYSBDA Honors Concert Band members from Goshen High School: Ben Thurtle, Paul Choi, Tanner Conklin, Kiki Protopsaltis, and Aiden Meyers.
A high school student wearing a red hooded sweatshirt holds a trumpet.
Michael Lombardi will perform lead trumpet with the NYSBDA Honors Jazz Band.

Five Goshen High School music students will participate in the New York State Band Director’s Association (NYSBDA) Honors Bands the weekend of March 2. This is the highest number of Goshen students selected for this prestigious honor.

Ben Thurtle, Paul Choi, Tanner Conklin, Kiki Protopsaltis, and Aiden Meyers will perform with the Honors Concert Band, and Michael Lombardi will play lead trumpet for the Honors Jazz Band.

Students were selected from numerous applicants across New York state based on their solo New York State Schools Music Association (NYSSMA) audition from last May. The students will rehearse with their respective ensembles all day Friday and Saturday, and conclude the weekend with a concert on Sunday in East Syracuse.


Honors Concert Band

  • Benjamin Thurtle, French Horn – 12th grade
  • Paul Choi, Trombone – 12th grade
  • Tanner Conklin, Baritone Saxophone – 10th grade
  • Kiki Protopsaltis, Double Bass – 11th grade
  • Aiden Meyers, Tenor Saxophone – 10th grade

Honors Jazz Band

  • Michael Lombardi, Trumpet – 11th grade