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New York State Fiddle Champion

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New York State Fiddle Champion

Background Information

Affiliations

Member
North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame

Chairperson of the Instrumental Department
Community Music School

Education

associate's degree

Erie Community College

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Phil Banaszak, leader of the ...

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Phil Banaszak, leader of the local bluegrass band City Fiddle, was inducted into the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame (NAFHOF) on July 30. The New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers Association (NYSOTFA) administers the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame and Museum Institute in Osceola, New York. They strive to protect and support old-time fiddle music.

"It's a great honor for me to be included among all the other Hall of Fame members whose music has touched so many lives through the years, including my own," he said. Banaszak is one of western and central New York's best-known fiddlers. He formerly held the title of New York State Fiddle Champion. His wife Gretchen, who is also a fiddler, and their band play a blend of acoustic bluegrass, Celtic, traditional and original music infused with a contagious energy. They can be seen and heard at festivals and events throughout the state. Banaszak shares his talent with his students at the Community Music School in Buffalo where he teaches fiddle, violin and mandolin.


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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.


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 the CMS 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 the CMS Elmwood location.


Faculty | Community Music School of Buffalo

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Phil Banaszak, Chairperson (strings) Instrumental Department


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.

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