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This profile was last updated on 10/31/13  and contains information from public web pages.

Chairperson, Instrumental Departm...

Phone: (716) ***-****  HQ Phone
Community Music School
415 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14222
United States

Company Description: Community Music School has been serving WNY for 82 years. Originally called First Settlement Music School, the School was founded in 1924 by members of the...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Charter Member
    Canal Street String Band

Education

  • associate's degree
    Erie Community College
17 Total References
Web References
Phil ...
communitymusicbuffalo.org, 31 Oct 2013 [cached]
Phil Banaszak
Phil Banaszak joined the CMS faculty in 1993, teaching fiddle, violin and mandolin. He was appointed chairperson of CMS's Instrumental Department in 2012.
Phil is a 2005 inductee of the North American Fiddlers' Hall of Fame, a former New York State Fiddling Champion, and a three-time Erie County Fiddle Champ. He has been performing and teaching in Western New York for more than 20 years. Phil and his wife, Gretchen, currently make up the City Fiddle Band, mixing bluegrass, Celtic and original music. He is a charter member of the Canal Street String Band, blending fiddle tunes, sea shanties, western swing, and other eclectic styles and harmonies. The group entertains around upstate New York and Pennsylvania.
Phil holds an associate's degree from Erie Community College and is an accredited alcohol and substance abuse counselor in New York. While he taught himself mandolin, his musical credentials include study with George Kedzierzawski, Matthew Tworek and Frank Riley of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2002, Phil released his book and CD of original neo-traditional fiddle music, and more recently, the debut album of the Canal Street String Band.
Phil teaches in CMS's Elmwood location.
Phil Banaszak, Chairperson ...
communitymusicbuffalo.org, 31 Oct 2013 [cached]
Phil Banaszak, Chairperson (strings) Instrumental Department
The Community Music School of Buffalo
www.communitymusicschoolbuffalo.org, 27 Nov 2012 [cached]
Philip Banaszak* (fiddle, violin, mandolin, Fiddle 'n Folk Ensemble)
Hassan Al-Mufti, Kenneth Atkinson*, ...
communitymusicbuffalo.org, 26 April 2011 [cached]
Hassan Al-Mufti, Kenneth Atkinson*, Leslie Bahler, Philip Banaszak, Christina Boyd*, Shirley Chan, Suzanne Chapin, Melissa Cruser, David Gallagher, Maria Goodrich*, Kevin Helfrich, Ani Hoover, Cheryl Hudson*, Hannah Jhun, Karen Kohlhagen, Edward Kramer, Fran Landis, Carol McLaughlin, Joseph Parisi, Gary Rutkowski, Leah Schneider, James Schwanz, Rebecca Torres, Robert E. White, Jr., Michael Yanoski, Kenneth Young and Michael Zak
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Below are Phil and Gretchen Banaszak, City Fiddle, and student contralto Danielle Green who were some of the evening's entertainers.
The Community Music School of Buffalo
www.communitymusicschoolbuffalo.org, 6 Sept 2010 [cached]
Hassan Al-Mufti, Kenneth Atkinson, Leslie Bahler, Philip Banaszak, Christina Boyd*, John Bruckman, Jr., Shirley Chan, Suzanne Chapin, Melissa Cruser, David Gallagher, Maria Goodrich*, Kevin Helfrich, Cheryl Hudson*, Karen Kohlhagen, Edward Kramer, Fran Landis, Carol McLaughlin, Joseph Parisi, Gary Rutkowski, Audrey Shafer, Leah Schneider, James Schwanz, Rebecca Torres, Christine Treimanis, Robert E. White, Jr., Michael Yanoski, Kenneth Young and Michael Zak, Ph.D.
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Below are Phil and Gretchen Banaszak, City Fiddle, and student contralto Danielle Green who were some of the evening's entertainers.
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