Crane Campus Community Band Presents Donation for High School Hit Hard by Hurricane Sandy at May 14 Concert


An upcoming concert at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music will include the presentation of a donation to help bolster music programming at a Long Island high school damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Long Beach High School’s award-winning music program lost thousands of dollars worth of equipment, instruments and band uniforms in the storm. Marino Bragino III, the high school’s band director, and an alumnus of SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music is raising funds to replace students’ damaged uniforms. 

The SUNY Potsdam Campus Community Band, in an effort sponsored by the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, will present a donation to this fund at its upcoming “Spring Informance” concert on Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at The Crane School of Music. 

A special guest, the composer and conductor Kevin Mixon, will speak about his composition “Native American Homage,” at 5:30 p.m., immediately preceding the performance, before directing the work.

Two Crane students will also conduct the band. They include Alanna Winchell conducting Art Frackenpohl’s transcription of “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin and Robert Wagner conducting “Fate of the Gods” by Steven Reineke. The “informance” session will conclude with a medley of Louis Armstrong jazz hits, under the baton of the band’s director, Dr. Caron Collins.

This concert is free, and the public is invited to attend.

The Campus Community Band welcomes college and community musicians, and takes an inclusive approach to its organization; members of the band actively collaborate in all aspects of the group’s operation. 

For more information, contact Dr. Caron Collins at or visit

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Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York’s only All-Steinway institution.