Music Festival 2020
Orchestras, Ensembles, Bands, and Choirs from schools far and wide will gather at Fantasy Island to celebrate their musical achievements and perform their hearts out for their family, peers and friends. Afterward, performers can scream their lungs out on our rides, attractions and roller coasters!
Give your student musicians the stage! For two days, young string, brass, and wind musicians as well as vocalists from schools like yours will celebrate great music, perform for their peers and ride the crescendo of fun on Fantasy Island’s coasters and attractions.
Open to Elementary, Middle and High Schools
All performances are evaluated by our panel of adjudicators. Every school receives a recording and a commemorative plaque.
Dates: May 16 & 17, 2020
Festival Hours: 10:30AM to 6:00PM
Early Entry: Gates open for participants at 9:45AM
Park Hours: 11:00AM to 6:00PM
Performing Students | Admission to the event and theme park is $9.99 per student when pre-booked, and $14.99 online using the unique PROMO CODE provided to each school. Pre-booked and PROMO CODE tickets include parking. Tickets purchased at the front gate do not include parking. Admission to Fantasy Island includes all rides, shows, and attractions.
- Please Note: $5.99 event admission still applies to participating students who are 2020 Season Pass Holders. Event admission fee is used for all associated costs of the Music Festival event.
- Chaperones | one (1) free chaperone ticket will be provided for every ten (10) tickets purchased.
- Music Directors | One (1) free admission is provided to each Music Director and up to two (2) assistants.
- Families | Guardians and immediate family members (including grandparents) may purchase discounted tickets for $9.99 per person when pre-booked through the school, and $14.99 using the unique PROMO CODE provided to each school. Pre-booked and PROMO CODE tickets include parking. Tickets purchased at the front gate do not include parking. Children two (2) and under do not require paid admission.
Pre-Purchased School Dining Deals:
- Lunch Deal | $5.29/person plus applicable taxes - One (1) lunch voucher that can be redeemed for a hotdog or hamburger, a bag of chips, and a can of soda anytime between noon and 3:00 p.m. in the festival area.
- Meal Deal | $8.99/person plus applicable taxes - One (1) meal voucher that can be redeemed for select meal combos & a regular soft drink throughout the park.
Day-Of School Dining Deals:
- Day of Lunch Deal | $7.49/person plus applicable taxes – Choice of hotdog or hamburger, a bag of chips, and a can of soda anytime between noon and 3:00 PM in the festival area.
- Or, pay regular price and enjoy a meal at one of our many concessions stands.
SPACE IS LIMITED! RESERVE EARLY!
2020 Music Fest Adjudicators
Our three dedicated adjudicators, Don Carducci, Doug Shaw and Jill Neuhaus, are coming back again along with a new member, Mr. Gary Lee, who has countless years of experience! Last year’s Music Festival was flawless thanks to their dedication and we expect the 2020 event to be even better!
Adjudicators listen, evaluate and comment on each group's performance emphasizing areas of strength and suggestions for continued study. At the end of each performance, your adjudicator will give the ensemble general comments about their performance along with words of encouragement to the students. An audio recording of your performance with the comments from the adjudicator will be provided via email shortly after the Music Festival.
Former Choral Director, Lancaster High School
Gary received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Rosary Hill College (Daemen) and his Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Canisius College. Gary served thirty-seven years at Lancaster High School teaching Music Theory and directing the school's five choirs. An active member of The American Choral Director's Association, Mr. Lee served the NY Chapter as Repertoire & Standards Chair for high school choirs, served for 25 years on the Executive Board for the Erie County Music Educator’s Association, and is an adjudicator for soloists and choirs as well as past State Chair for Chorus for The New York State School Music Association.
Director of Bands, Orchard Park High School
Don Carducci earned his Bachelor of Music Education from SUNY Fredonia and his Masters of Music Education from Ithaca College. Since then, Don has shared his passion for music education and conducting bands during his 27-year tenure at Orchard Park Central Schools.
Choral Director, Kenmore East High School
A Grand Island Native, Jill Neuhaus earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Jill has spent the past 15 years sharing her expertise with the students at Kenmore East High School, where she played a key role in developing the Music Theory 1 and Music Theory 2 curriculums.
Orchestra Conductor, Clarence High School
Doug Shaw has been teaching in the field of music since 1990, and has been instructing at the Clarence School District since 1997. He currently conducts the High School Symphony and Concert Orchestra, as well as the extracurricular Chamber Orchestra.
Frequently Asked Questions
For bands/orchestras: a full set of drums (bass drum, timponis, etc.), sound system & microphone, keyboard, conductor's stand, music stands, and chairs are provided.
For chorus groups: sound system & microphones, keyboard, risers, and conductor stand are provided.
Each performance occures in a 30-minute time slot. Please plan to include your set-up and take-down time in those 30 minutes.
Time Slot - Each 30-minute time slot allows your group to set-up, warm-up and perform and take-down.
Staging Area - GROVE pavilion, your group meeting place to tune your instruments and leave your cases, prior to your performance.
Gates will open to participants at 9:45am, one hour before the festival begins.
Rides open at 11:00am and operate until 6:00pm. The water park is closed.
Outside Food & Beverage
Outside food & Beverages are not permitted in the park. One (1) sandwich bag of snacks is permitted per guest. Unopened bottles of water and juice are permitted. Guests with special dietary needs may inquire at External Guest Services.
One (1) complementary admission is provided to the Group Director and up to two (2) assistants.
Each group will receive one (1) complementary chaperone admission for every ten (10) paying performers.
Immediate family members (including grandparents) may purchase admission for $9.99 when pre-purchased through the school. Children two (2) and under do not require paid admission.
Tickets purchased through the school or using a school's supplied PROMO CODE will include FREE parking valid May 18th or 19 loaded directly onto your admission ticket or voucher. Other tickets, or tickets purchased at the gate, do not include parking.
Each participating school will be provided with a PROMO CODE that can be used to purchase tickets at the $14.99 admission rate. These tickets are valid May 16th or 17th, 2020, and include parking. Tickets may also be purchased at the front gate the day of the event, however, these tickets do not include parking.
Registration and a $20.00 deposit due by April 17, 2020.
Final Payment Due
Payment-in-full is due by May 1, 2020.
Tickets and dining vouchers may either be mailed to the school if the order is 25+ admissions, picked up at the park any weekday before the festival (call to arrange pick-up time), or collected at will call (external guest services) the day of the event.
Fantasy Island Music Festival T-Shirts will be sold in our catering area for $9.99 per shirt. Quantity and limited.
Online Information Request:
Complete the following Reservation Request and our Group Sales department will be in touch with you shortly.
Note: this is only a request and is not a reservation.
TO RESERVE BY PHONE: Call 716.773.7591 and follow prompts for Group Sales. | FOR MORE INFORMATION, EMAIL: GroupSales@FantasyIslandNY.com