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​​​​​ Intermediate School 78

The School of Architectural Design & Innovative Technology

 Together We Make A Difference

Meet the Director

Meet the Bands

​Roy H. Mann Instrumental Music

I.S. 78 bands acquired thirteen official New York State School Music Association awards as well as awards and trophies at High Notes NYS festivals, Heritage Performance PA festivals and Performing Arts Consultants festivals. The official awards include Gold Ratings awarded to the Jazz Ensemble and to the Select Concert Band. Additionally, I.S. 78 Honor bands were selected to perform at Disney Magic Music Days in Orlando, FL and were featured at a Universal Studios music showcase. In 2009, The I.S. 78 music department received an invitation to perform at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony in Washington, D.C. The I.S. 78 music department is also proud to be the first NYC public school to participate in the  International “Children’s Festival of Russian Culture” at Symphony Space on Broadway
Alexander Kaminnik’s inspired leadership as a music director of the Instrumental Music Department has brought acclaim and recognition to the I.S. 78 major music program. Mr. Kaminnik studied classical and jazz piano, conducting and arranging at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, Russia. He also received his MA from Lehman College in New York. His extensive experience as a performing and recording artist includes various movie soundtracks, tenure in Anatoly Kroll’s Big Band, concert tours in the former USSR and in 14 European and Asian countries, as well as sharing the stage with Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt and the Doobie Brothers. Mr. Kaminnik is affiliated with NYSSMA, NYSBDA and The National Guild of Piano Teachers. He made his Roy H. Mann debut as the Director of Bands in 1995. In 2013, in recognition of his long successful career, Mr. Kaminnik has been nominated for the GRAMMY’s Music Educator Award.
I.S. 78 major music program offers systematic study of fundamentals and extensive performance experience in sequential three year program from a beginning to expert level. Success in music performance doesn’t only indicate your child’s music  talent. It shows a willingness to spend a significant amount of time, energy and effort over a long period of time to reach a high level of performance. Success in musical performance is an indicator of good work habits, persistence and tenaciousness. Our standards are understood and recognized by High School, college and university admissions officers. 
The program is comprised of five different concert bands: - The Mustang Band - beginning level, no experience required - Junior Concert Band – intermediate  level, 1+ year experience - Senior Concert Band – advanced level, 2+ year experience - Select Concert Band – audition/invitation only - Jazz Ensemble– audition/invitation only
​Students are required to perform in two culminating concerts per year (December & May). Additionally they frequently perform at numerous official and unofficial NYC events.

The I.S. 78 Award Winning Bands

Under the Direction of Alexander Kaminnik