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John Maguda coming to Hamburg High School

Musician and educator John Maguda will be performing at Hamburg High School for the first time since 2000 on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
One of Western New York’s finest musicians is making his return to Hamburg High School for the 45th annual Guest Artist Concert on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Trumpeter John Maguda will be playing with the Hamburg High School Wind and Jazz Ensembles, and the Concert and Symphonic Bands. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., with tickets priced at $6 for adults and $2 for students. Children under 5-years-old are free.

Maguda, a retired music teacher from Eden Jr./Sr. High who also conducts in numerous organizations and teaches at area colleges, last played at Hamburg High School in 2000, an absence of 13 years. The school is thrilled to have him back, said Hamburg High School Director of Bands Larry Dubill.

“He’s one of our top trumpet players in the area,” he said.

Maguda regularly performs with the Jim Tudini Big Band, Phil Sims’ Buffalo Brass Big Band, Cathedral Brass, Galliard Brass and the Clarence Symphony Orchestra. He also performs with the Buffalo Philharmonic and with theater orchestras at Shea’s Performing Arts Center and Artpark.

Along with the bands and orchestras he performs with, Maguda also serves as the director of the Erie County Music Educators’ Wind Ensemble and as an assistant conductor of the Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra. He is a former conductor of the Village of Hamburg Concert Band.

It should be an exciting night of jazz themed music, Dubill said, as Maguda and the bands will be playing “a lot of different styles of jazz.”

“The kids are excited,” he said. “They heard him play the other day, and you can see it in their faces when they hear a musician like that.”


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