|Kiski Area Bands|
The Chris Jamison concert event has been canceled. If you already bought tickets, your money will be refunded very soon. We apologize for the inconvenience and thanks to those who had purchased tickets up front!
Nick Ursiny, a Kiski Band Member Passed Away In Tragic Accident
December 14, 2016 – The Kiski Area Bands from Vandergrift, Pa. need help to complete their goal of raising $5,000 to commission a new piece of music composition in memory of Nicholas Ursiny, a Kiski Area Band student who tragically passed away in June. Thanks to generous donations, the Kiski Area Bands have raised approximately $3,500 and is asking to help close the gap for this unique memorial. Donations may be issued to KAIB (Kiski Area Instrumental Boosters) www.kiskibands.org/contact.
Nicholas Ursiny, a student at the Kiski Area High School, was going into his sophomore year. He was a member of the horn/mellophone section in the Kiski Area Bands and played French horn in the concert bands before a tragic accident claimed his life this past June. To keep the spirit of Nicholas alive, the Kiski Marching Band student leadership worked with directors, Robert Traugh, Chad Heiny and Shawn Pityk, to develop the idea of honoring Nicholas through a piece of commissioned music.
“This project is simple and heartfelt, offering the opportunity for all who were shocked by this tragedy to create a lasting memorial through music to a life lost too soon.” said Robert Traugh, Band Director of the Kiski Area Bands. “Nick was a valuable part of our organization and was truly missed this past season.”
Donations from friends, family, students and faculty have been gratefully received. Neighboring bands, Norwin, Gateway, Connellsville, Highlands and Mars, have paid their respects and generously donated to the Nicholas Ursiny Memorial Commission.
“The band is a close-knit community of passionate and talented individuals. While we compete against each other; we’re all family and we fully support each other.” Traugh replied. “We’ve been blessed with many donations and we hope to begin the process for this musical tribute and engage a composer soon.”
Information on the commissioned composer will be available as soon as the completed funds are available. Members of the Kiski Area Bands will premiere the piece of music in concert, open to the public.
For more information on the Kiski Area Bands including a list of events, concerts and competitions visit www.kiskibands.org.
About Kiski Area Bands
Kiski Area Bands, apart of the Kiski Area School District is from Vandergrift, Pa., about 35 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, Pa. Kiski Area Bands is a student organization lead by Band Directors Robert Traugh, Chad Heiny and Shawn Pityk and is comprised of students from grades five through twelve. The Kiski Area Marching Band is a division of the Kiski Area Bands consisting of students from grades ninth through twelfth.
KAIB (Kiski Area Instrumental Boosters)
P.O. Box 124
Vandergrift, PA 15690
Join us on October 2, 2016 for our annual car cruise! For all details click HERE!!!!
Thank you to our local business sponsors for our dinner and Spin-A-Thon on Saturday, April 2nd. We appreciate the generous support we have received! Here's a list of our wonderful sponsors:
Sysco Foodservice, Paragon Foods, Curtze Food Service, Slickville Auto Body and Truck Panels, Just Dance by Justine Albert and JD Fitness, The Rivers Edge Canoe and Kayak, Avon- Beth Knarr, Jamberry Nails- Maria Maher, Therapy in Motion, Five Starr Catering, Great Pines Nursery, Hammill's Towing, Thompson Citgo Repair, Tony's Doghouse, Murphy's Music Center, Wayne Bergeron, Feiling's Farm Market, Tees N Tops, Allstate - Ken Gress, Pizza Hut, Tender Care Grooming, GoldDealer.com, Advanced Auto Parts, Fashions Ahead, Auto Zone, Venango Awning, Arby's, Dairy Queen, Hope Shick's Hair Salon, Kiski Plaza, Garden Center, Olympia Sports, Giant Eagle, Community Market, Eat N Park, McDonald's-Hyde Park, McDonald's- Delmont, Exton Mower Service, MM Elizabeth Photography, Small World Daycare, Picture Perfect Hair Studio, Pershing Heights Salon, Lenny's Auto Body, Chip's Stove Shop, Hourglass Photo, Creekside Diner, Hill Crest Hair, Moonlight Inn, Unifirst-Jim Davis/Lou Garbin
We are grateful to our 2016 Taste of Kiski Gold Level Sponsors:
Murphy’s Music Center
The Ruskin Group
Don’t miss this fun afternoon at beautiful Lingrow Farm, Leechburg, PA to benefit the Kiski Area Instrumental Boosters! Live jazz (Murphy’s Big Band), delicious food from Twisted Thistle, baskets, silent auction, wine pull….and of course, great wine! Sunday, April 17, 2 – 5 p.m.(Tickets Sales have now CLOSED!)
Congratulations to the Kiski Area Jazz Ensemble A and Elementary Band for being selected to perform at the 2016 PMEA All-State Conference in Hershey, PA! Both Kiski Area groups were selected out of a field of 150 applications from across the state of Pennsylvania. This year's conference is March 30 through April 2. We are so proud that two of our outstanding instrumental groups will be performing in Hershey and representing Kiski Area at this prestigious event! Stay tuned for more details leading up to the event!