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This profile was last updated on 4/29/15  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

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Charter Member
    Canal Street String Band


  • associate's degree
    Erie Community College
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Web References
Faculty Bios | Community Music School of Buffalo, 29 April 2015 [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 plays fiddle, ..., 2 May 2015 [cached]
Phil Banaszak plays fiddle, mandolin and guitar, and sings. A New York State fiddle champion and member of the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame, Phil has the lowest- pitched singing voice ever, and a world-class mustache to boot.
Phil Banaszak plays fiddle, ..., 15 Oct 2014 [cached]
Phil Banaszak plays fiddle, mandolin and guitar and provides vocals. He is a New York State Fiddle Champion and member of the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame.
Band members include, left to right: Phil Banaszak, Jim Whitford and Dave Ruch.
Faculty | Community Music School of Buffalo, 29 April 2015 [cached]
Phil Banaszak, Chairperson (strings) Instrumental Department
The Community Music School of Buffalo, 27 Nov 2012 [cached]
Philip Banaszak* (fiddle, violin, mandolin, Fiddle 'n Folk Ensemble)
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