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This profile was last updated on 2/15/16  and contains information from public web pages.

Chairperson

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

  • Title
    New York State Fiddle Champion

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • associate's degree
    Erie Community College
82 Total References
Web References
Faculty Bios | Community Music School of Buffalo
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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)
The Community Music School of Buffalo
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Philip Banaszak* (fiddle, violin, mandolin, Fiddle 'n Folk Ensemble) The Community Music School of Buffalo
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Philip Banaszak, a 2005 inductee of the North American Fiddler's Hall of Fame, a former New York State Fiddling Champion, and a three-time Erie County Fiddle Champ, has been performing and teaching in the Western New York area for over 20 years. Mr. Banaszak 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 which formed in the summer of 2010, blending fiddle tunes, sea shanties, western swing (just to name a few) styles and harmonies among its group members, entertaining around Upstate New York and Pennsylvania .
Mr. Banaszak holds an Associates Degree from Erie Community College, and is a credited Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor in New York. While he taught himself mandolin, his musical credentials include study from George Kedzierzawski, Matthew Tworek and Frank Riley of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2002, he released his book and CD of original neo-traditional fiddle music, and more recently, and the debut album from the Canal Street String Band.
Mr. Banaszak offers violin, viola, fiddle and mandolin on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. He also offers the Folk 'n Fiddle Jam Ensemble on Saturday mornings.
The Community Music School of Buffalo
www.communitymusicbuffalo.org [cached]
Philip Banaszak* (fiddle, violin, mandolin, Fiddle 'n Folk Ensemble)
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