OUTSTANDING YOUNG INSTRUMENTAL MUSICIAN AWARD

Sam Bruce Award and the Irondequoit Concert Band Award

In 1995 the Irondequoit Concert Band established the Sam Bruce "Outstanding Young Instrumental Musician Award". The award was named after Sam Bruce, a well liked music teacher in West Irondequoit's Rogers and Iroquois schools, and a member of the Irondequoit Concert Band. Mr. Bruce passed away in 1994, and his wife designated memorial money for the band. With these funds, awards were created for the two West Irondequoit schools for ten years.

In 2002, the band raised additional money, supplemented by an anonymous "matching funds" donor. That allowed the awards to include the two East Irondequoit Intermediate Schools, as "The Irondequoit Concert Band Awards for Outstanding Young Instrumental Musicians". The West Irondequoit award is now continued beyond its original ten years as "The Irondequoit Concert Band Awards for Outstanding Young Instrumental Musicians", and designated "In memory of Sam Bruce". The awards are now funded indefinitely through the donations.

The schools' music departments determine the winners, based on established criteria. The winners receive a small cash award (formerly a savings bond), a trophy, his or her name on a plaque that remains in the school, and recognition at the Irondequoit Concert Band's Fourth of July concert. The award was coordinated by Jack Bloemendaal from 1995 to 2002, by Sue Wolfe from 2003 to 2009, and is now coordinated by Nancy Boerner.

HISTORY OF THE WINNERS:

Sam Bruce Awards
  Rogers Iroquois
1995 David Brandwein
Trumpet
Nicholas Lesser
Trumpet
1996 Elizabeth Berndt
Clarinet
Michael Sincropi
Trumpet
1997 Heather Ann Wyffels
Flute
Rachel Clair
Trumpet
1998 Basil Sarantis
Trombone
Sarah Wright
Trumpet
1999 Kelli Ann Supple
Flute
Andrew Detty
Saxophone
2000 Jennifer Lynn Rafferty
Clarinet
Whitney Clair
Trombone
2001 Shanelle Gabrielle France
Saxophone
Elizabeth Anne Moroni
Clarinet

Sam Bruce Awards / Irondequoit Concert Band Awards
  Rogers Iroquois Durand-Eastman Laurelton-Pardee
2002 Jim Cunico
Baritone
Luke Guyette
Tuba
Megan Leyrer
Flute
Kevin Mahler
Trumpet
2003 Megan Supple
Clarinet
Luke Perry
Trombone
Adam Sisson
Alto Saxophone
Sarah Castle
Clarinet
2004 Adriana Tortora
Alto Saxophone
Haley Bradley
Alto Saxophone
Jenna DiRaimo
Trumpet
Elizabeth Dengal
Flute
2005 Sarah Rocco
Flute
Samantha Bailey
Saxophone
Isak Leo
Trumpet
Katelyn Lattierre
Clarinet

Irondequoit Concert Band Awards
  Rogers Iroquois Durand-Eastman Laurelton-Pardee
2006 Sara Haight
Flute
Maria Currie
Trumpet
Meghan Eblacker
Tuba
Jennifer McInerney
French Horn
2007 Lucas Shadler
Trumpet
Claire LaDelia
Trombone
Joshua Nichols
Trumpet
Margaret Dengal
Alto Saxophone
2008 Robert Burns
French Horn
Katelyn Axman
Flute
Kelly Derleth
Alto Saxophone
Matthew Daley
Trumpet
2009 Julian D. Barthelemy
Saxophone
Felicia E. Minton
Clarinet
Gail Sharpe
Flute
Juliana Jean Fioravanti
Flute
2010 Siobhan Jane Plouffe
Alto Saxophone
Tyler Cutting
Trumpet
Erin Maggio
Flute
Erin McInerney
Clarinet
2011 Kobe Barthelemy
Trumpet
Anna Raynor
Oboe
McKena Stickney
Flute
Jennie Yu
Clarinet
2012 Amelia Snyder
Alto Saxophone
Adam Mendenhall
Trombone
Suzanna Wojnowski
French Horn
Emma Zeluff
Flute
2013 Justin E. Joseph-Maraj
Trumpet
Korinne Leana Minton
Flute
Emma Noble
Clarinet
Kyle J. Egan
Clarinet
2014 Jared Patrick Coffey
Trumpet
Holly Palumbo-Compton
Clarinet
Devin Mori
Trumpet
Albby R. Rodriguez
Alto Saxophone
2015 Barbara Smith
Clarinet
Victoria Marie Perez
Trumpet
Dianna K. Rivera
Alto Saxophone
Aubrie Grieve
Trumpet
2016 Daniela Antonetty
Trumpet
Johnny Dandurand
Trombone
Robert Carlson
Percussion
Tristan Kaproth-Joslin
French Horn