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Where we live: Akron/Newstead


Mark Flynn, a long-time music teacher in the Akron School District, has been selected to receive the Award for Excellence in Music Education next month from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Erie County Music Educators Association (ECMEA).

Flynn’s career in Akron began in 1983. In addition to serving as director of the High School Concert, Akron Tiger Marching/Pep, Middle School Jazz and Middle School Advanced Concert bands, he teaches music lessons for brass, woodwind and percussion for grades six through twelve.

His lengthy resume also includes stints as an adjunct professor at Erie Community College, where he developed, implemented and directed a start-up pep band program, and at the University at Buffalo, where he is credited with starting the marching band program for Division I football and directed the pep band for football and basketball games.

“Mr. Flynn epitomizes the classic teacher, one whose own dedication to excellence is transferred to his students,” said Joseph Lucenti, high school principal. “His timeless efforts and professional commitment to our young men and women have been marked with countless awards for individual students as well as our program. It is only appropriate that the man behind our outstanding music program is given his deserved recognition, most importantly by his peers.”

The award will be presented May 10, during a private reception and ceremony in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. A public presentation will be made on stage before the BPO’s performance that evening.

Also this week:

• The Newstead Town Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road, Akron.

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