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LCSD Fine Arts Hall of Fame Inducts Six

Monday, May 15, 2017 -

Six Liverpool Central School District fine arts alumni, mentors and contributors lcsdfineartshall17were inducted into the Liverpool Fine Arts Hall of Fame on May 7. The hall of fame is sponsored by VITAL (Vision in the Arts at Liverpool).

Donald J. Carducci (mentor) began his LCSD teaching career in 1977 as the band director at A.V. Zogg Middle School and Craven Crawford Elementary. For the next five years, he nurtured the significant growth of the band programs there and also taught at Long Branch Elementary and Chestnut Hill Middle. Carducci received his Bachelor of Music Education from SUNY Fredonia and his Master of Music Education from Ithaca College. He later continued his teaching career as director of bands at Orchard Park High in Western New York where his bands received numerous accolades and NYSSMA Gold with Distinction Ratings. His middle school and high school bands have performed at the New York State Band Director’s Association Symposium and Region 1 Workshops. A significant number of his students have gone on to successful careers as music educators at the elementary, secondary, and collegiate levels and as performers with the “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band, the San Diego Symphony, and the Buffalo Philharmonic. In 1984 Carducci co-founded the Syracuse Wind Symphony, presently known as the Central Winds. In 2003, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Erie County Music Educators Association honored him as the Outstanding Instrumental Music Educator of the Year. His longstanding work on the Board of Directors of the New York State Band Director’s Association has served to enhance the quality of instrumental music education and band directing throughout New York State.

Behzad Dabu (alumnus) is a Chicago/Los Angeles based actor. He grew up in Liverpool, where he played in the band for four years, was Mr. Liverpool in 2005, and performed in many roles throughout the performing arts department. It was on the Liverpool High School stage where he learned how to be a leader, to take risks and make bold choices as an actor. Dabu attended Columbia College Chicago with a Presidential Scholarship, where he continued to grow as an artist and graduated with a BFA. Since then, he has gone to perform at some of the best theaters in the country, with an emphasis on new play development and audience engagement. He originated the role of Abe in the Pulitzer Prize winning play Disgraced; and was nominated for a Jeff Award for originating the role of Amit in Samsara. He is a company member at TimeLine Theatre Company and a founding member of the Chicago Inclusion Project. Film and television credits include a recurring guest on How To Get Away With Murder, Chicago P.D., Drive Share, You’re So Talented, King Rat and Imperfections. Selected stage credits include: The Matchmaker and A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre); Disgraced (Goodman Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre); Inana, Blood and Gifts, and The History Boys (TimeLine Theatre Company); Samsara and Disconnect (Victory Gardens Theater); Disgraced (American Theatre Company); Twelfth Night (First Folio Theatre); Holes (Adventures Stage Chicago) and We Live Here (Theatre Seven of Chicago). While attending LHS, Dabu performed at many theaters around town, including The Talent Co, Theatre 90, Wit’s End Players and Gifford Family Theatre.

Joan Robson (mentor) experienced 32 rewarding years as an LCSD educator. She taught instrumental string lessons and orchestra at Long Branch, Donlin Drive, Chestnut Hill & Nate Perry elementary schools and Chestnut Hill Middle, followed by many years as the chorus and general music teacher at Morgan Road Elementary. Robson’s music students experienced self, community, and the larger world through readiness and assessment, composition and design, creative thought and expression, strategic planning and teamwork. At MRE, school-wide sing alongs and partner-dance days were established, inspired by literacy and character education initiatives. A complete musical costume closet was created. Arts-integrated learning was embraced and diverse cultural collaboration took place. She served as committee member for Vision in the Arts at Liverpool (VITAL) and Character Education at Morgan Road Elementary, and participated in other council work at building, department, and district levels. As a SUNY Potsdam adjunct instructor for The Crane School of Music, Robson supervised music student teachers in Central New York. She directs the Syracuse Oasis Chorus, plays cello in the Rosewood String Quartet, and participates in the annual Liverpool Faculty Recital. She serves as board member for Syracuse Sounds of Music Association, continuing to advocate for arts in our community. Robson graduated from Liverpool High School in 1976, with participation in orchestra, chorus, and Casting Hall. She graduated from SUNY Fredonia in 1980 with a Bachelor of Music in Education and from SUNY Oswego in 1986 with a Master of Science in Elementary Education.

Carmel and Elia Scaffido (contributors) were active members of the Liverpool community nearly their entire lives. From Little League and Jaycees, to PTA and Knights of Columbus, the Scaffidos gave thousands of hours to the community they lived in and cherished. Their true love, however, came when their children started performing in chorus and band as early as elementary school. Never missing a concert or performance, they embraced their children’s involvement and became active members of many different organizations. However, the Liverpool Warriors Marching Band would eventually find its way into their hearts. The Scaffidos were instrumental to the success of the Warriors Marching Band Booster Club throughout the 1980s. Having served in various leadership positions, they valued and appreciated the band’s motto of ‘Excellence Comes to Those Who Seek It.’ Both were regular chaperones on band trips, and among the most loved parents by students and staff. Carmel helped move drum line equipment and worked with other parents to maintain the equipment & equipment bus. Elia, who had a passion for baking and planning events, often donated her time and skills for fundraisers and other events. Fundraising was crucial to the band’s agenda, and the Scaffidos were instrumental in the organization’s success as they marched their way to Florida in 1986 to capture the Festival of States Grand National Championship. In honor of their commitment to the arts, the Carmel and Elia Scaffido Memorial Scholarship was established in 2014. It is awarded annually to a graduating senior from the Warriors Marching Band, and is facilitated through the Dollars for Scholars program.

Lucas Slominski (alumnus) is a 2003 LHS graduate and Eagle Scout. While at LHS, he was a member of the Yearbook Staff and Art Club, and his artwork won the American Visions Award, as well as Gold and Silver medals in the Scholastic Arts Competition. He attended Syracuse University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2007 with a BFA in Illustration, and received the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Outstanding Senior Illustrator Award. In 2008, Slominski was awarded a fellowship to study at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he earned his MFA in Interactive Design and Game Development in 2010, and received SCAD’s Outstanding Achievement Award. He is now a concept artist in the video game industry and has worked for Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment on video games such as “The Lord of the Rings Online,” “Infinite Crisis,” and “Arkham: Underworld.” Since 2015, he has worked as a Senior Concept Artist at ZeniMax Online Studios, painting key art illustrations for “The Elder Scrolls Online.” His artwork has appeared in multiple volumes of “Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art” and was featured in the 2017 iam8bit “Art Boss” Collection. Slominski also has taught as adjunct faculty for SU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, and in 2017 served as the Interactive Design and Game Development Alumni Mentor for the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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