Michon Lanaro, an area resident since 1973, joined the Maybrook 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, and marching groups from elementary school to today’s community band.
Michon is very grateful to her influencers, most especially 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, to play a variety of musical genres, and to audition 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 the Honor Flight in Newburgh, New York.
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.
As a teenager I played the violin in the New Jersey Youth Symphony and served as its Concert Master. As a late teen, I became interested in jazz and show tunes, and I switched to the saxophone, playing throughout college in a four-piece band. I have been playing the sax ever since, adding some flute and clarinet in later years.
I played violin at SUNY-Orange Orchestra for a short while, then the sax at the SUNY-Orange Symphonic Band and now I have the pleasure of playing with the Maybrook Wind Ensemble. I have been a member of this symphonic group since its inception and I am here because of the high-quality of the musicians and our conductor, Kevin Scott.
I was already in my forties, musically only a singer (choral and folk), when I realized my true voice was the soprano saxophone – at least as played by Paul Winter. He recommended a teacher for me (Paul Cohen), and I have loved the sound of my vintage curved soprano ever since. Band composers (darn it!) rarely score for soprano sax, so I am lucky to be able to cover trumpet, cornet, and oboe parts with the Maybrook Wind Ensemble. I also play alto with the Pine Bush Community Band and the SUNY New Paltz Symphonic Band.
Kenneth Korn, flute and piccolo, is delighted to be a member of our band. Ken has been a general music teacher in Paramus, NJ for over 30 years where he teaches vocal music as well as directs elementary and middle school orchestras, bands and choruses. The diverse nature of his work requires that he be a ‘Jack of all trades and master of none.’ Playing flute and piccolo in the supportive and friendly environment of the Maybrook Ensemble has given him the opportunity to finally develop some competence on an instrument he has always enjoyed.
Ken is a native of Buffalo NY, a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and the Crane School of Music. For the past 30 years he has resided with his wife Kristin in Warwick. They have 2 grown children.
Aileen Mahoney began playing bass clarinet in sixth grade after studying clarinet for two years upon the suggestion of her middle school band teacher, and she hasn’t looked back since! A 2004 graduate of Valley Central High School, she received several musical accolades on bass clarinet, including being selected for ensembles at the 2002 and 2003 NYSSMA All-State Conference and the 2003 MENC All-Eastern Honors Band in Providence, RI. She continued her musical studies in college, earning a Bachelor of Music in clarinet and bass clarinet performance from Long Island University’s C.W. Post campus in 2008. While at C.W. Post, Aileen was highly involved in the music department, serving as undergraduate assistant and librarian for bands, and proudly represented the school in the 2007 CBDNA Small College Honors Band in Ann Arbor, MI. She was also selected as a winner in the university’s annual Concerto Competition in 2008 and got to perform her winning solo, Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei, with the C.W. Post Orchestra. Aileen also had the opportunity to complete some graduate studies at New York University with world-renowned bass clarinetist Dennis Smylie in 2009 and 2010.
Aileen currently resides in Newburgh, NY and is an active performer in the area. In addition to playing bass clarinet with the Maybrook Wind Ensemble, she sings with the Orange County Classic Choral Society, where she has been selected as a soloist on several occasions, and serves as the soprano section leader and soloist for the choir at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Tuxedo Park, NY. She is also a member of SoundTrax, a folk and classic rock trio founded by her father and uncle, which has performed all over the Hudson Valley.