Michon Lanaro, an area resident since 1973, joined the Maybrook Symphonic Wind Ensemble in January 2018 as a clarinetist. Her musical history began with piano and clarinet at age 10, alto saxophone at age 14, and flute at age 18. She has also played variations of these instruments, namely the E-flat clarinet, the A-flat clarinet, and piccolo. She has performed with various classical, jazz, ensemble, pit orchestra, and marching groups from elementary school to today’s community band.
Michon is very grateful to her influencers, most especially her parents who provided instruments, lessons, transportation, encouragement, enthusiasm, and love. Her appreciation extends to her teachers, conductors, and the master clarinetists she has had the privilege to play with. These mentors encourage her to learn and appreciate different instruments and musical genres, along with auditioning for competitions. Her accomplishments include NYSSMA in Washingtonville, New York, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award in St. Cloud, France, Honor Band in London, England, and a civilian with the New York State Guard Band.
Michon is enamored by the beauty of musical instruments. She also enjoys dance, the outdoors, and volunteering. She is attending SUNY Empire State College in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science degree.