Six hundred musicians from 56 Western New York school districts will gather at Akron Central High School this weekend for the New York State School Music Association's junior high area all state music festival.
The festival takes place over two days, with rehearsals Friday and concerts on Saturday. The string orchestra and two choruses will perform at 1 p.m. and the band, jazz and full orchestra groups will perform at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Edward Allen Auditorium at the high school, 47 Bloomingdale Ave.
The 600 students participating were picked from more than 1,000 students in grades seven through nine from Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua and Allegany counties who auditioned.
Guest conductors include Birch Browning of Cleveland State University, Adam Potter of Roberts Wesleyan College, Scott Bean of Salamanca High School, John Hasselback Jr. of West Seneca Central schools, Daniel Bassin of Nichols School and retired Grand Island music teacher Carolyn Lokken.