Alumni & Friends of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts


2019 Alumni Notes Newsletter

LaGuardia, M&A, PA Reunions


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Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia
P.O. Box 230015
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ALUMNI & FRIENDS HIGHLIGHTS

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Monday October 18th, 2021

Congratulations to Ray Billingsley (M&A ‘75), creator of “Curtis” comic strip, who was named Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society (75th Annual Reuben Award Winner)!
Billingsley expressed “This has been a huge step for me. And also a monumental step for the NCS, because I’m the first black guy to win the prestigious Reuben Award, and for that I am very grateful.”
www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2021/10/16/ray-billingsley-named-2020-cartoonist-of-the-year-75...
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Congratulations to Ray Billingsley (M&A ‘75), creator of “Curtis” comic strip, who was named Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society (75th Annual Reuben Award Winner)!
Billingsley expressed “This has been a huge step for me. And also a monumental step for the NCS, because I’m the first black guy to win the prestigious Reuben Award, and for that I am very grateful.” 
http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2021/10/16/ray-billingsley-named-2020-cartoonist-of-the-year-75th-annual-reuben-award-winner/

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I worked with his sister Maxine😊

Well Deserved Very Proud (M&A 76' alumni)

We bow to your greatness! An honor long overdue. Ray represents everything that M&A/LaGuardia stands for. 🖌

Congratulations to this young fella from a Class of '48 music major. Check out Mr Billingsley's work in his 1975 Yearbook and there are no real surprise in his subsequent accomplishments. (Why doesn't this site allow addition of a picture?)

Monday October 18th, 2021

See the latest exhibit from the amazing Whitfield Lovell (M&A ‘77, MacArthur Fellowship recipient) “Le Rouge et Le Noir” at DC Moore Gallery through December 18, 2021. 535 West 22nd Street. #MacArthurMonday ... See MoreSee Less

See the latest exhibit from the amazing Whitfield Lovell (M&A ‘77, MacArthur Fellowship recipient) “Le Rouge et Le Noir” at DC Moore Gallery through December 18, 2021. 535 West 22nd Street. #MacArthurMonday

Friday October 15th, 2021

Shout out to Dawnn Lewis (M&A '78) who stars in Ludacris' new animated kids series on Netflix, 'Karma's World,' which began streaming October 15!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp2OW79bseQ
And read an interview with Ludacris about the series: ew.com/tv/ludacris-show-karmas-world-is-animated-love-letter-to-his-daughter
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Friday October 15th, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday!
Look at the wonderful hands of LaGuardia art students!
Teacher (and LaG ‘92 art alumnus) Andrew Stehle.
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Happy #fiorellofriday! 
Look at the wonderful hands of LaGuardia art students!
Teacher (and LaG ‘92 art alumnus) Andrew Stehle.

Friday October 15th, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday! Enjoy the LaGuardia Show Choir rehearsing holiday songs on this warm fall day! ... See MoreSee Less

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Ms Cascio ❤️

Beautiful. As a former voice major, this brings back wonderful memories.

Thursday October 14th, 2021

We are so thankful that the legendary Spike Lee came to LaGuardia on 9/30/21 and spent the day with the Drama and Technical Theatre students, talking about his career and doing Q&As. ... See MoreSee Less

We are so thankful that the legendary Spike Lee came to LaGuardia on 9/30/21 and spent the day with the Drama and Technical Theatre students, talking about his career and doing Q&As.

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To think I remember the Drama students hating the art students. I was a part of the very first time the Art students worked on a play. It was a production of “West Side Story.”

I worked for him for two years. He and is family are awesome!!!❤❤

Lucky ducks !! ❤️

Thursday October 14th, 2021

Only 3 more opportunities to see "Fire Shut Up in My Bones" at the Metropolitan Opera - October 16, 19, 23 - the first opera by a Black composer to be performed by the Met! Congratulations to Camille A. Brown (LaG '97), who is the co-director and choreographer, and becomes the first Black director to create a mainstage Met production. The opera also features @Wayne Paul (LaG '07) and Maleek Washington (LaG '05).
www.metopera.org/season/2021-22-season/fire-shut-up-in-my-bones/
"The second opera from six-time Grammy Award–winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, Fire Shut Up in My Bones makes history this season as the first opera by a Black composer to be performed by the Met. But beyond this important milestone, the work itself takes audiences on a profound, often painful, musical and dramatic journey. To tell this story, Blanchard conjures a sound world that weaves together jazz and gospel idioms, probing and incisive melodies, and an intricate orchestral palette."
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Only 3 more opportunities to see Fire Shut Up in My Bones at the Metropolitan Opera - October 16, 19, 23 - the first opera by a Black composer to be performed by the Met! Congratulations to Camille A. Brown (LaG 97), who is the co-director and choreographer, and becomes the first Black director to create a mainstage Met production. The opera also features @Wayne Paul (LaG 07) and Maleek Washington (LaG 05). 
https://www.metopera.org/season/2021-22-season/fire-shut-up-in-my-bones/
The second opera from six-time Grammy Award–winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, Fire Shut Up in My Bones makes history this season as the first opera by a Black composer to be performed by the Met. But beyond this important milestone, the work itself takes audiences on a profound, often painful, musical and dramatic journey. To tell this story, Blanchard conjures a sound world that weaves together jazz and gospel idioms, probing and incisive melodies, and an intricate orchestral palette.

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It is fabulous!

Thursday October 14th, 2021

Today’s art stroll through the hallways of LaGuardia. Enjoy! ... See MoreSee Less

Today’s art stroll through the hallways of LaGuardia. Enjoy!

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Miss those days!

Beautiful and creative! Thanks for sharing.

Friday October 8th, 2021

LaGuardia Senior Chorus practicing today in the front lobby. Beautiful light and beautiful sounds! ... See MoreSee Less

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It’ll be 60 years from my graduation from M&A ( 1/2 the LaGuardia union with Performing Arts HS ). Looking forward to a reunion in June.

Beautiful. I’m music PA64. And it gives me chills to hear this,

Loved those days of music and dance in the halls. Everyone loved for their unique individual beauty 💗

Beautiful! I graduated in 1985 (first graduating class) when the building wasn’t quite completed. I didn’t have a full appreciation then of how blessed I was to be a part of something so much bigger then me. I appreciate it now.

Beautiful! I remember singing in the lobby during girls chorus. 1985 long ago ❤️

I loved singing in Senior Chorus (M&A’66) and being in the semi-annual concerts. I was one of the few sophomores & juniors to have the privilege of singing in Senior Chorus for 3 years!

Gee, I miss those days like it was yesterday.😔

I wonder if the pedestrians walking past LaGuardia can hear the various Friday morning front lobby concerts & possible see the visual art/dance/etc. work which might be exhibited on Fridays' too? Perhaps it would be a good idea to place a speaker or two outside the building for these Friday morning events.

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Friday October 8th, 2021

New stunning artwork from one of LaGuardia’s painting classes! ... See MoreSee Less

New stunning artwork from one of LaGuardia’s painting classes!

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The kids and the school; so fortunate to have each other. Thanks, Fiorello.

Friday October 8th, 2021

Listen to this great Tavis Smiley podcast with Mitchell Marchand (LaG '91), the Emmy-nominated head writer of "John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero," who tells us what it was like to be a child intern on the set of "Do The Right Thing" and how that experience shaped his future as a sought-after writer and showrunner.
open.spotify.com/episode/0VOl8YrrCX3WNfr9NYzr9m?si=xFfFy54YSGenfDvBOJ_pMA&dl_branch=1&utm
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Friday October 8th, 2021

Please join Marcello Pellitteri on Sunday, October 10 at 5-6:30pm at Birdland Jazz Club for his annual Benefit Concert in memory of his daughter Veronica Pellitteri (LaG '09). 315 W 44th St. birdlandjazz.com/event/marcello-pellitteri-in-a-benefit-for-the-veronica-pellitteri-memorial-fund/
Marcello Pellitteri – drums
Bruce Barth – piano
Mimi Jones – bass & vocals
Nicola Caminiti – sax
Emmett Sher – guitar
All proceeds go to the Veronica Pellitteri Memorial Fund.: alumniandfriends.org/fund/veronica-pellitteri-memorial-fund
World-class musician, Marcello Pellitteri is best known as an award-winning drummer. He is also an educator, composer, arranger and producer.
His latest CD “Aquarius Woman” received a rare 4&1/2 stars review from Downbeat.
His previews CD “Acceptance” has been considered “emotionally shattering… one of the year’s most strikingly beautiful releases” (Jazz Corner) and got 5 Stars rating by All About Jazz.
Pellitteri graduated Cum Laude at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and then received a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies with Distinction in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.
More information: birdlandjazz.com/event/marcello-pellitteri-in-a-benefit-for-the-veronica-pellitteri-memorial-fund/
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Please join Marcello Pellitteri on Sunday, October 10 at 5-6:30pm at Birdland Jazz Club for his annual Benefit Concert in memory of his daughter Veronica Pellitteri (LaG 09). 315 W 44th St. https://birdlandjazz.com/event/marcello-pellitteri-in-a-benefit-for-the-veronica-pellitteri-memorial-fund/
Marcello Pellitteri – drums
Bruce Barth – piano
Mimi Jones – bass & vocals
Nicola Caminiti – sax
Emmett Sher – guitar
All proceeds go to the Veronica Pellitteri Memorial Fund.: https://alumniandfriends.org/fund/veronica-pellitteri-memorial-fund 
World-class musician, Marcello Pellitteri is best known as an award-winning drummer. He is also an educator, composer, arranger and producer.
His latest CD “Aquarius Woman” received a rare 4&1/2 stars review from Downbeat.
His previews CD “Acceptance” has been considered “emotionally shattering… one of the year’s most strikingly beautiful releases” (Jazz Corner) and got 5 Stars rating by All About Jazz.
Pellitteri graduated Cum Laude at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and then received a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies with Distinction in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.
More information: https://birdlandjazz.com/event/marcello-pellitteri-in-a-benefit-for-the-veronica-pellitteri-memorial-fund/

Wednesday October 6th, 2021

Take a trip down memory lane and read Roger Ebert's 1980 review of "Fame!" www.rogerebert.com/reviews/fame-1980
'"Fame" is a genuine treasure, moving and entertaining, a movie that understands being a teen-ager as well as "Breaking Away" did, but studies its characters in a completely different milieu. It's the other side of the coin: A big-city, aggressive, cranked-up movie to play against the quieter traditions of "Breaking Away'"s small Indiana college town. "Fame" is all New York City.'
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Take a trip down memory lane and read Roger Eberts 1980 review of Fame! https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/fame-1980
Fame is a genuine treasure, moving and entertaining, a movie that understands being a teen-ager as well as Breaking Away did, but studies its characters in a completely different milieu. Its the other side of the coin: A big-city, aggressive, cranked-up movie to play against the quieter traditions of Breaking Aways small Indiana college town. Fame is all New York City.

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FAME LIVES FOREVER ON FAMENETWORK.COM

Wednesday October 6th, 2021

October 6, 2021 at 7pm, see LaGuardia Jazz teacher and trumpeter Kevin Blancq performing with his quartet and special guest vocalist Anaïs Reno (LaG '21)!
They will play the music of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington as well as music from Ms. Reno’s debut album 'Lovesome Thing.'
Chelsea Table + Stage - 152 W 26th St. More information and tickets:
chelseatableandstage.venuetix.com/show/details/RC9TNf5RAht66GKeUhss/1633561200000
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October 6, 2021 at 7pm, see LaGuardia Jazz teacher and trumpeter  Kevin Blancq performing with his quartet and special guest vocalist Anaïs Reno (LaG 21)! 
They will play the music of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington as well as music from Ms. Reno’s debut album Lovesome Thing.
Chelsea Table + Stage - 152 W 26th St. More information and tickets:  
https://chelseatableandstage.venuetix.com/show/details/RC9TNf5RAht66GKeUhss/1633561200000

Tuesday October 5th, 2021

8th floor of LaGuardia - beautiful artwork on display! ... See MoreSee Less

8th floor of LaGuardia - beautiful artwork on display!

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Some of my best work was sketched at M&A when I was 13 years old!

Love to see this!!!

Eight floors! I've been in that building, but didn't realize it had one more floor than The Castle (and The Castle's seventh floor was a one-room tower . . . but what a room!).

Friday October 1st, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday! Enjoy students from LaGuardia’s Solo Voice class performing in our lobby this morning! Jana Ballard, Director. ... See MoreSee Less

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Go Valjean!!

Brian Duprey

Wish the entire song was recorded... FABULOUS...

Still as special as ever!!! M&A for Life!!! LaGuardia for Life!

The torch has passed on to a new generation.. Simply amazing young people. M&A for Life..

Oh wow!!! What a voice!!!

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Friday October 1st, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday! Enjoy students from LaGuardia’s Solo Voice class performing in our lobby this morning! Jana Ballard, Director. ... See MoreSee Less

Friday October 1st, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday! Enjoy students from LaGuardia’s Solo Voice class performing in our lobby this morning! Jana Ballard, Director. ... See MoreSee Less

Friday October 1st, 2021

Happy #fiorellofriday! Enjoy students from LaGuardia’s Solo Voice class performing in our lobby this morning! Jana Ballard, Director. ... See MoreSee Less

Monday September 27th, 2021

Congratulations to Camille A. Brown (LaG '97) on tonight's historic event at the Metropolitan Opera! Brown is the co-director and choreographer of 'Fire Shut Up in My Bones' and becomes the first Black director to create a mainstage Met production.

"Opening Night of the 2021–22 season will be a historic occasion—the Met's first performance of an opera by a Black composer. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Grammy Award–winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s moving memoir, which The New York Times praised after its 2019 world premiere at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as “bold and affecting” and “subtly powerful.” Featuring a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons, the opera tells a poignant and profound story about a young man’s journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship. James Robinson and Camille A. Brown—two of the creators of the Met’s sensational recent production of Porgy and Bess—co-direct this new staging; Brown, who is also the production’s choreographer, becomes the first Black director to create a mainstage Met production. Baritone Will Liverman, one of opera’s most exciting young artists, stars as Charles, alongside sopranos Angel Blue as Destiny/Loneliness/Greta and Latonia Moore as Billie."
www.metopera.org/season/2021-22-season/fire-shut-up-in-my-bones/
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Congratulations to Camille A. Brown (LaG 97) on tonights historic event at the Metropolitan Opera! Brown is the co-director and choreographer of Fire Shut Up in My Bones and becomes the first Black director to create a mainstage Met production. 

Opening Night of the 2021–22 season will be a historic occasion—the Mets first performance of an opera by a Black composer. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Grammy Award–winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s moving memoir, which The New York Times praised after its 2019 world premiere at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as “bold and affecting” and “subtly powerful.” Featuring a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons, the opera tells a poignant and profound story about a young man’s journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship. James Robinson and Camille A. Brown—two of the creators of the Met’s sensational recent production of Porgy and Bess—co-direct this new staging; Brown, who is also the production’s choreographer, becomes the first Black director to create a mainstage Met production. Baritone Will Liverman, one of opera’s most exciting young artists, stars as Charles, alongside sopranos Angel Blue as Destiny/Loneliness/Greta and Latonia Moore as Billie.
https://www.metopera.org/season/2021-22-season/fire-shut-up-in-my-bones/

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Fabulous achievement!!!

Congratulations CAB💃🥳🖤🙏🏼

Congratulations

Monday September 27th, 2021

Congratulations to Daniel Freedman (LaG '92) and the entire ensemble of David Byrne's "American Utopia" on their special Tony Award yesterday. Broadway is back! And read this fun article about Daniel's recent bike ride with David Byrne and some cast mates cruising through Queens, from Astoria to the Night Market. www.nytimes.com/2021/09/21/theater/american-utopia-david-byrne-broadway.html ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to Daniel Freedman (LaG 92) and the entire ensemble of David Byrnes American Utopia on their special Tony Award yesterday. Broadway is back! And read this fun article about Daniels recent bike ride with David Byrne and some cast mates cruising through Queens, from Astoria to the Night Market. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/21/theater/american-utopia-david-byrne-broadway.html

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Congratulations, Daniel Freedman!!! Represent class of 92!

Congrats Daniel! Well deserved.

👏🏼🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🤜🏼

Super star!!

Represent!!! Daniel Freedman

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Thursday September 23rd, 2021

#thankfulthursday “My time at LaGuardia was made most memorable by the community of creative individuals who had different stories, but shared the same ambitions. I will never forget the people who have made me a better artist and better person. - Susan Shimanovsky (LaG ‘20), recipient of the Sheila Stember Art Award and Julia Pearl Summer Study Grant
Fill out our quick form at alumniandfriends.org/thankful/ and tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE high school arts education at M&A, PA, and LaGuardia! And read why others are thankful.
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#thankfulthursday  “My time at LaGuardia was made most memorable by the community of creative individuals who had different stories, but shared the same ambitions. I will never forget the people who have made me a better artist and better person.  - Susan Shimanovsky (LaG ‘20), recipient of the Sheila Stember Art Award and Julia Pearl Summer Study Grant
Fill out our quick form at alumniandfriends.org/thankful/ and tell us why YOU are thankful for your FREE high school arts education at M&A, PA, and LaGuardia! And read why others are thankful.

Wednesday September 22nd, 2021

Enjoy some beautiful LaGuardia artwork adorning our hallways! ... See MoreSee Less

Enjoy some beautiful LaGuardia artwork adorning our hallways!

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SO MUCH TALENT...

Such beautiful work !!

Wednesday September 22nd, 2021

A freshman student trying out the piano in the LaGuardia lobby this morning. There’s no place like LaGuardia (or M&A or PA)!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Amazing

Thanks for sharing! Listening to talented classmate perform was always a 'perk' at M&A. In the 1960's a kid in my homeroom was the future composer Michael Kamen. He was quite a conductor even then!!

The Chopin is WONDERFUL...

M & A is a magical place! There’s always something wonderful to hear or see, in the building and halls! 🎶 🖼 ❤️💎👏

Does this old M & A girl proud.

Magical

Luv my school! Just love it!

Terrific. Hope to see another video of him when he is a Senior. He will be on his way to great success.

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Friday September 17th, 2021

#fiorellofriday is back! Every Friday morning students perform in the lobby, welcoming students, faculty, and staff. What a great start to the day! ... See MoreSee Less

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Love it! Do they take requests?

Bravo ! Can’t wait to see the musical in February.

Max Medvedev Robert Myers Marina Lvovskaya Sandra Restrepo ♥️ #LaGLove

Is the sculpture of Fiorello? I attended M&A we Toscanini watching us as we entered the lobby.

Wednesday September 15th, 2021

Enjoy a bit of the LaGuardia Senior Chorus on the first day of school singing “Only in Sleep” by Erik Esenvalds! Jana Ballard, Choral Director. #maskedmusic ... See MoreSee Less

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I see you Ms. B! ❤️

Beautiful...

LOVE it!!!!

Seeing you all singing together again… This makes me so happy!

Beautiful!❤️

So nice to see and hear. There is hope for the holidays after all.

They sound marvelous

Alumni ‘97: I miss my LaGuardia and beautiful concerts and exhibits. Great job Senior Chorus!

Fabulous!! So glad to see you in person together!

Dame I miss those days

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Tuesday September 14th, 2021

A trip down memory lane ... here's a Music & Art student subway pass from 1982! ... See MoreSee Less

A trip down memory lane ... heres a Music & Art student subway pass from 1982!

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Yes, I have several of these from 79-82...

Me too plus bus passes

Come on, Alan, u used to jump the turnstiles, If my memory serves me…

my mom used to volunteer to sell the bus passes in the M&A cafeteria in the 1960's!

Brigitte Ariadne

I took a bus and 3 trains to school_E to the D to the 1...i think it took an hour an a half. Crazy.

took the N from 2nd stop in Brooklyn. I caught up on my sleep. Riding the N train still gets me in sleepy mode. lol

Wow!

I remember paper bus passes. You got them once a month and if you lost it you were screwed.

1982-----YOUNGSTER😂

Didn't have such things in my day. Of course in my day (Class of '48), the subway was a nickel and the Fifth Avenue bus a dime.

I don't recall those in my time (1958). I took the subway from the Bronx to get there.

"A" train to 145th, then "AA" to 135th, then up the steps of Morningside Park, cello and all. Class of 1958.

I took four buses from the Bronx to get to Music and Art for 3 years. My last year 1 bus and the train to LaGuardia. First graduating class 1985.

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Monday September 13th, 2021

Welcome to the first day of school at LaGuardia! Cheers to a great school year! ... See MoreSee Less

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YESSSS!!!! 💯 Have 🎉🎈😊THE BEST Day/ Month/Year/decade EVERRR LaGUardia HS of Music & Art & The Performing Arts!!! ❤️🎶🎨💃🏼🎭❤️

Shout out to my niece Lo Boller!

Fantastic school! I loved going to LaGuardia! I was fortunate enough to be there, when it was the castle 🏰 on the hill. My Father also went there! Enjoy your first day of school! 🎶 🖼

God! Seems like only yesterday we walked these sidewalks for the first time.... 27 years ago! Good luck to everyone!! You're so lucky, don't ever forget that!

Enjoy! Best school ever!!

Miss my old school...graduate 1975

Many blessings to the new generation of artists✨

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Saturday September 11th, 2021

Julian LaVerdiere (LaG '89) is one of the creators of the beautiful Tribute in Light, which has memorialized the attacks on the Twin Towers since 2002.

Tribute in Light is a commemorative public art installation first presented six months after 9/11 and then every year thereafter, from dusk to dawn, on the night of September 11. It has become an iconic symbol that both honors those killed and celebrates the unbreakable spirit of New York. www.911memorial.org/visit/memorial/tribute-light

As an extension of Tribute in Light, for the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum has once again partnered with buildings throughout the city to light up their facades and rooftops in sky blue.

Current participants include the Empire State Building, Bloomberg L.P., the Perelman Performing Arts Center, One World Trade Center, 7 WTC, the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Plaza, New-York Historical Society, The Oculus, Brookfield Place, New York City Hall, Governor’s Island, Edge, RXR Realty, Helmsley Building, Bank of America Tower, Alexandria Real Estate, Barclays Bank, Bloomingdale’s 59th Street, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Greater Ridgewood Historical Society - the Vander Ende Onderdonk Museum, NYC Fire Museum, Museum of the City of New York, National Lighthouse Museum, Alice Austen House, New Victory Theater, Pier 17 New York, Pier 16 New York, 55 Water Street, Con Edison, Hudson Yards, DSNY Salt Shed Complex, NY Hall of Science, Queens Borough Hall, QC New York Spa, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, JFK Air Traffic Control Tower, LGA West Parking Garage façade, Niagara Falls, USCGC Katherine Walker (WLM-552), Circle Line, NY Waterway, South Cove Marina, Bronx Terminal Market, The Shops at Columbus Circle, One Vanderbilt, 1515 Broadway, and the Times Square Ball.@
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Julian LaVerdiere (LaG 89) is one of the creators of the beautiful Tribute in Light, which has memorialized the attacks on the Twin Towers since 2002. 

Tribute in Light is a commemorative public art installation first presented six months after 9/11 and then every year thereafter, from dusk to dawn, on the night of September 11. It has become an iconic symbol that both honors those killed and celebrates the unbreakable spirit of New York. https://www.911memorial.org/visit/memorial/tribute-light

As an extension of Tribute in Light, for the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum has once again partnered with buildings throughout the city to light up their facades and rooftops in sky blue. 

Current participants include the Empire State Building, Bloomberg L.P., the Perelman Performing Arts Center, One World Trade Center, 7 WTC, the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Plaza, New-York Historical Society, The Oculus, Brookfield Place, New York City Hall, Governor’s Island, Edge, RXR Realty, Helmsley Building, Bank of America Tower, Alexandria Real Estate, Barclays Bank, Bloomingdale’s 59th Street, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Greater Ridgewood Historical Society - the Vander Ende Onderdonk Museum, NYC Fire Museum, Museum of the City of New York, National Lighthouse Museum, Alice Austen House, New Victory Theater, Pier 17 New York, Pier 16 New York, 55 Water Street, Con Edison, Hudson Yards, DSNY Salt Shed Complex, NY Hall of Science, Queens Borough Hall, QC New York Spa, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, JFK Air Traffic Control Tower, LGA West Parking Garage façade, Niagara Falls, USCGC Katherine Walker (WLM-552), Circle Line, NY Waterway, South Cove Marina, Bronx Terminal Market, The Shops at Columbus Circle, One Vanderbilt, 1515 Broadway, and the Times Square Ball.@

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That’s amazing congratulations to our fellow alum 💙💙

Friday September 10th, 2021

🎨 Check out the exhibit 'My Favorite Year' by Yoichiro Yoda (LaG '90) at the New York Public Library, Mulberry Street Branch (10 Jersey St.) through October 29, 2021! Reception is on Saturday, September 18 from 1:30-4:30pm and there will also be a special screening of Yoda's documentary 'Last Days of 42nd Street: 1994-2003' during the opening. ... See MoreSee Less

🎨 Check out the exhibit My Favorite Year by Yoichiro Yoda (LaG 90) at the New York Public Library, Mulberry Street Branch (10 Jersey St.) through October 29, 2021! Reception is on Saturday, September 18 from 1:30-4:30pm and there will also be a special screening of Yodas documentary Last Days of 42nd Street: 1994-2003 during the opening.

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Congrats to Yoichiro 👏🏾🤩👏🏾

There will be an encore presentation of Yoichiro Yoda: Last Days of 42nd Street 1994-2003 video documentary screening and talk on Saturday October 23rd, 2021 from 2-4:30pm

Friday September 10th, 2021

See two Music and Art alumni in 'TINA - The Tina Turner Musical' reopening October 8, 2021! Dawnn Lewis (M&A '78) plays Tina's mother, Zelma and Myra Lucretia Taylor (M&A '77) plays Gran Georgeanna! tinaonbroadway.com/

See their bios below:
DR. DAWNN LEWIS is President & CEO of Morning Jewel Inc. – a multi-platform production company of film, television, animation, music/music publishing projects. She is also the Founder & CEO of the A New Day Foundation – a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, that provides financial & programmatic support to underprivileged youth and grassroots community organizations. She is an: NAACP Image Award, Trumpet Award, Grammy Award-winning singer, multiple ASCAP & BMI Award-winning songwriter, film, television & stage actor, and a series TV creator/producer. She is currently co-starring with Kristen Bell in the highly anticipated reboot of “Veronica Mars” as The Chief in “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego” reboot, and recently seen recurring on three hit series: “This is Us!,” “Major Crimes” and “iZombie” or heard in: “The Simpsons,” “Futurama” and “Doc McStuffins.” Dawnn starred in two recently released award winning feature films: Revival, written & produced by acclaimed actor Harry Lennix featuring an all-star cast, and Be The Light written and directed by “iZombie” star Malcolm Goodwin. For 5.5 years, Dawnn starred as one of the original cast members of the groundbreaking TV Series “A Different World” (also composer of shows theme song) and “I’m Gonna Git U Sucka!” Stage credits include: The Wiz (Encore City Center), Intimate Apparel, Sister Act: The Musical (orig cast), The Marriage (NAACP Image award – Best Actress), How To Succeed In Business . . . (with Matthew Broderick & Megan Mullally). www.DAWNNLEWIS.com

MYRA LUCRETIA TAYLOR Broadway: Nine (Tony Award® Best Revival), Macbeth, Electra, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, MuleBone, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Off Broadway: The Rolling Stone (LCT), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova; Lortel nom., Best Featured Actress in a Musical), School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play (MCC; Special Drama Desk Award, Best Ensemble), Familiar (Playwrights Horizons; Lortel and OCC nominations for Best Featured Actress in a Play). Regional: School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play (CTG; LA Drama Critics’ Circle Best Ensemble – nomination) Where Storms Are Born (Williamstown Theatre Festival, world premiere), Our Town (Long Wharf), Mary (Goodman), The Old Settler (McCarter, Long Wharf, world premieres). National Tour: Wicked (first African American Madame Morrible). International: The Winter’s Tale, Pericles (member Royal Shakespeare Company). TV: Upcoming: “Cortex,” “The Hunt,” Previous: “Atlanta,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Girls,” “Madam Secretary,” “Elementary,” “Instinct.” Film: Ben is Back, The Big Sick, Catfight, Bushwick, Madeline’s Madeline. WEB: “Best Thing You’ll Ever Do” (Indie Web nom., best supporting actress). Ms. Taylor is a Fox Fellow.
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See two Music and Art alumni in TINA - The Tina Turner Musical reopening October 8, 2021!  Dawnn Lewis (M&A 78) plays Tinas mother, Zelma and Myra Lucretia Taylor (M&A 77) plays Gran Georgeanna! https://tinaonbroadway.com/

See their bios below:
DR. DAWNN LEWIS is President & CEO of Morning Jewel Inc. – a multi-platform production company of film, television, animation, music/music publishing projects. She is also the Founder & CEO of the A New Day Foundation – a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, that provides financial & programmatic support to underprivileged youth and grassroots community organizations. She is an: NAACP Image Award, Trumpet Award, Grammy Award-winning singer, multiple ASCAP & BMI Award-winning songwriter, film, television & stage actor, and a series TV creator/producer. She is currently co-starring with Kristen Bell in the highly anticipated reboot of “Veronica Mars” as The Chief in “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego” reboot, and recently seen recurring on three hit series: “This is Us!,” “Major Crimes” and “iZombie” or heard in: “The Simpsons,” “Futurama” and “Doc McStuffins.” Dawnn starred in two recently released award winning feature films: Revival, written & produced by acclaimed actor Harry Lennix featuring an all-star cast, and Be The Light written and directed by “iZombie” star Malcolm Goodwin. For 5.5 years, Dawnn starred as one of the original cast members of the groundbreaking TV Series “A Different World” (also composer of shows theme song) and “I’m Gonna Git U Sucka!” Stage credits include: The Wiz (Encore City Center), Intimate Apparel, Sister Act: The Musical (orig cast), The Marriage (NAACP Image award – Best Actress), How To Succeed In Business . . . (with Matthew Broderick & Megan Mullally). www.DAWNNLEWIS.com

MYRA LUCRETIA TAYLOR Broadway: Nine (Tony Award® Best Revival), Macbeth, Electra, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, MuleBone, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Off Broadway: The Rolling Stone (LCT), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova; Lortel nom., Best Featured Actress in a Musical), School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play (MCC; Special Drama Desk Award, Best Ensemble), Familiar (Playwrights Horizons; Lortel and OCC nominations for Best Featured Actress in a Play). Regional: School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play (CTG; LA Drama Critics’ Circle Best Ensemble – nomination) Where Storms Are Born (Williamstown Theatre Festival, world premiere), Our Town (Long Wharf), Mary (Goodman), The Old Settler (McCarter, Long Wharf, world premieres). National Tour: Wicked (first African American Madame Morrible). International: The Winter’s Tale, Pericles (member Royal Shakespeare Company). TV: Upcoming: “Cortex,” “The Hunt,” Previous: “Atlanta,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Girls,” “Madam Secretary,” “Elementary,” “Instinct.” Film: Ben is Back, The Big Sick, Catfight, Bushwick, Madeline’s Madeline. WEB: “Best Thing You’ll Ever Do” (Indie Web nom., best supporting actress). Ms. Taylor is a Fox Fellow.

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Brava!! Also returning to the cast, M&A alumna Myra Lucretia Taylor, as Tina Turner's grandma tinaonbroadway.com/cast-creative/

Friday September 10th, 2021

Check out the new EP release 'Remnants' by Peter Wilson's (LaG '89) band Four Trips Ahead! www.amazon.com/gp/product/B097PMFM8J/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp
And watch a video for the title song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9mE78bvqVw
More info at: fourtripsahead.com/
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Check out the new EP release Remnants by Peter Wilsons (LaG 89) band Four Trips Ahead! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B097PMFM8J/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp
And watch a video for the title song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9mE78bvqVw
More info at: http://fourtripsahead.com/

Thursday September 9th, 2021

Members of the LaGuardia jazz band welcomed faculty this morning as we prepare for an amazing school year (school starts on Monday, Sept. 13). Yay for live music! ... See MoreSee Less

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They are amazing!

This was a great way to welcome people back! I definitely miss this place.

Thursday September 9th, 2021

Congratulations to Kamillah Hanks (LaG '90, Art), who is running for City Council in Staten Island! Our Alumni are true leaders! Learn more about Kamillah - www.hanks2021.nyc/meetkamillah ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to Kamillah Hanks (LaG 90, Art), who is running for City Council in Staten Island! Our Alumni are true leaders! Learn more about Kamillah - https://www.hanks2021.nyc/meetkamillah

Thursday August 19th, 2021

Tonight, August 19 catch Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Michael Leonhart (LaG '92) playing with Common Black Thought, Sean Kuti, & Questlove on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.' They'll be playing the new single “When We Move" from the upcoming album “A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2." ... See MoreSee Less

Tonight, August 19 catch Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Michael Leonhart (LaG 92) playing with Common Black Thought, Sean Kuti, & Questlove on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Theyll be playing the new single “When We Move from the upcoming album “A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2.

Thursday August 12th, 2021

Calling all incoming LaGuardia freshmen and sophomores!
There will be an orientation for all incoming students at LaGuardia on Wednesday, September 1, and Thursday, September 2 from 9am-1pm. Students do NOT need to RSVP or register for orientation and check-in begins at 8:15am. All information for LaGuardia students can be found on the website at: www.laguardiahs.org/

From the LaGuardia administration:
Information about these days was emailed to families. Incoming students are asked to attend both dates. Orientation events are suggested; however, we do understand that families may have other plans and may not be able to attend. Attending or not attending any of these events is not meant to be stressful on either families or students.

Our Orientation is designed for students to get to know LaGuardia, learn important information, and take care of some business that will make their first days of school run more smoothly. During this time, students will be moving in groups to various locations (a mini-tour), as well as seeing their studio spaces.

The Parents Association will have information sessions for families while their students participate in the student orientation.
Alumni & Friends will also present information about resources and scholarship programs.
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Calling all incoming LaGuardia freshmen and sophomores! 
There will be an orientation for all incoming students at LaGuardia on Wednesday, September 1, and Thursday, September 2 from 9am-1pm. Students do NOT need to RSVP or register for orientation and check-in begins at 8:15am. All information for LaGuardia students can be found on the website at: https://www.laguardiahs.org/

From the LaGuardia administration: 
Information about these days was emailed to families. Incoming students are asked to attend both dates.  Orientation events are suggested; however, we do understand that families may have other plans and may not be able to attend. Attending or not attending any of these events is not meant to be stressful on either families or students. 

Our Orientation is designed for students to get to know LaGuardia, learn important information, and take care of some business that will make their first days of school run more smoothly. During this time, students will be moving in groups to various locations (a mini-tour), as well as seeing their studio spaces. 

The Parents Association will have information sessions for families while their students participate in the student orientation.
Alumni & Friends will also present information about resources and scholarship programs.

Friday August 6th, 2021

#fiorellofriday! Alumni & Friends was so happy to host a reunion gathering on August 5 for the class of LaG 2020, who missed out on their graduation and prom, and didn't get a chance to have closure due to COVID. Pizza, Italian icies, yearbooks, and perfect weather at Riverside Park. Many more photos to come! And many more reunions for all classes to come!
All photos by Jesi Kelley (M&A '84).
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#fiorellofriday! Alumni & Friends was so happy to host a reunion gathering on August 5 for the class of LaG 2020, who missed out on their graduation and prom, and didnt get a chance to have closure due to COVID. Pizza, Italian icies, yearbooks, and perfect weather at Riverside Park. Many more photos to come! And many more reunions for all classes to come! 
All photos by Jesi Kelley (M&A 84).

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Thanks to Zoe & Leigh @ Alumni & Friends for making this happen! 🙌

You are the BEST!!!!! Thank you for hosting this!!!!❤️❤️❤️

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Looks like you all had a good time ! Do keep in touch-. Class of '63.

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