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2018-04-12 / Education

Blickwedehl praised for excellence in music education

Music educator John Blickwedehl has been named as a recipient of the Erie County Music Educators Association, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Award for Excellence in Music Education.

A committee of current music educators, retired music educators and a Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra representative unanimously chose him to be a 2018 recipient. Blickwedehl will be acknowledged for his achievements during the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Education Night reception on Saturday, May 5. Along with two others, he will be recognized during this reception prior to that night’s concert.

“I have known John for years and have witnessed his exceptional musical leadership and rapport with his students. He goes above and beyond the typical duties of a music educator. His commitment to his students is evident and I believe his average work week is about 80 hours,” said Keith Ersing, chairman of the ECMEA/BPO Award for Excellence in Music Education. “Without a doubt, he is most deserving of this award.”

Blickwedehl has spent more than 15 years teaching in the West Seneca Central School District’s music programs, instructing students in instrumental lessons, concert band, wind ensemble, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade band, music appreciation, music theory, elementary cadet marching band, West’s musical pit orchestra, and the state champion West Seneca Marching Band.

When band rehearsals, competitions, booster meetings, football games, community events, ceremonies and parades end, he plans and leads students to colleges, museums, instrument factories, concert halls and Broadway shows.

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