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Background Information

Employment History

Chairperson of the Instrumental Department

Community Music School

Affiliations

Member
North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame

Education

associate's degree

Erie Community College

Web References (84 Total References)


Faculty Bios | Community Music School of Buffalo

communitymusicbuffalo.org [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 is also a member of Creek Bend Bluegrass Band, performs with Kathy Moriarty and the Fieldhands, and Mountain Run.
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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 the Fiddle 'n Folk ensemble, as well as strings at CMS's Elmwood location.


Faculty | Community Music School of Buffalo

communitymusicbuffalo.org [cached]

Phil Banaszak, Chairperson (strings) Instrumental Department


The Community Music School of Buffalo

www.communitymusicschoolbuffalo.org [cached]

Philip Banaszak* (fiddle, violin, mandolin, Fiddle 'n Folk Ensemble)


Phil Banaszak, 2005 inductee ...

buffalobluegrass.com [cached]

Phil Banaszak, 2005 inductee into the No. American Fiddler's Hall of Fame, former NY State Fiddling champion and three time Erie County Fiddle Champion has been performing and teaching in the WNY region for over 20 yrs. Phil and his wife, Gretchen, formed the band "City Fiddle" offering Old-Time, Celtic, Bluegrass and original tunes. Phil also plays the mandolin and guitar (and teaches these) as well as violin and fiddle at the Community Music School of Buffalo, where he serves as Chairperson of the Instrumental Dept. The Genesee Country Village and Museum has recognized him as a Standard Bearer of the Fiddle Traditions and Musical Heritage of Genesee County, the State of NY and the USA. He has released his own CD and also performs with the popular Bluegrass band Creek Bend and is a founding member of the Canal Street String Band.


Phil Banaszak, 2005 inductee ...

buffalobluegrass.com [cached]

Phil Banaszak, 2005 inductee into the No. American Fiddler's Hall of Fame, former NY State Fiddling champion and three time Erie County Fiddle Champion has been performing and teaching in the WNY region for over 20 yrs. Phil and his wife, Gretchen, formed the band "City Fiddle" offering Old-Time, Celtic, Bluegrass and original tunes. Phil also plays the mandolin and guitar (and teaches these) as well as violin and fiddle at the Community Music School of Buffalo, where he serves as Chairperson of the Instrumental Dept. The Genesee Country Village and Museum has recognized him as a Standard Bearer of the Fiddle Traditions and Musical Heritage of Genesee County, the State of NY and the USA. He has released his own CD and also performs with the popular Bluegrass band Creek Bend and is a founding member of the Canal Street String Band.

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