Shelton Intermediate School students perform winter concert

Members of the Shelton Intermediate School band.

Members of the Shelton Intermediate School band.

The Shelton Intermediate School band, jazz band, community choir and jazz choir performed a winter concert on Jan. 23 in the school auditorium.

The groups played a wide array of music, including songs by Stevie Wonder and Phillip Phillips, music recorded by Metallica, and a Taylor Swift tune from the movie “The Hunger Games.”

The concert was attended by students’ family and friends, school staff, and interested members of the public.


‘Prepare and practice’

“The students had a really great time performing for their friends and family,” said Mark Bilotta, SIS band director.

“The students worked very hard to prepare and practice, especially considering all of the missed rehearsal time due to the weather, but in the end it all came together nicely,” Bilotta said.

The next concert by the SIS Viking Band will be in the spring, on May 15 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. The band also will perform in the Shelton/Derby Memorial Day parade on May 26.


Band members learn many skills

Bilotta said being in the school band “helps students not only learn about music, but also teaches them about teamwork, time management, self-expression, confidence, creativity, communication and more.

“Most importantly, music makes you feel good, and that emotional health is a really important part of basic human needs,” he said, noting many students in the band participate in musical groups outside of school as well.


List of band and choir members

Below is a list of SIS band and choir members:


SIS Viking Band

Mark Bilotta, director


Brianna Carattini

Molly Ingram

Renee Jenco

Eunice Kim

Victoria Kostour

Nicole Nyzio

Emma Rivellese

Deloshene Sittambalam

Samantha Tiberi

Kermina Tofek

Julie Turner

Emily Yih


Alyssa Barry

Emily Broad

Christina Crocco

Sarah Gloria

Rhiannon Jarusinsky

Natalie Stepniak

Sarah Ullyett

Anna Weissenberg

Alto Saxophone

Brody Biebel

Lily Boles

Britney Guedes

Vanessa Maco

Leo Mascolo

Jakub Olewicz

Hailey Rotondo


Christopher Frost

Grace Jensen


Christopher Calabrese

Yasmeen Dabiran

Kevin Demaine

Nicholas Fine

Killian Meehan

Meghan Pineau

Oscar Ribeiro

Jonathan Sabo

Jayne Sabovik

Matthew Sullivan

Brian Toole

John Wood

Bass guitar

Matthew Sullivan


Roman Achille

Benjamin Block

Charlie Chagnon

John Gasiorowski

Tim Hadden

Daniel Kim

John Michael Recker

Joshua Sibley-Prusak

Ryan Wheeler

SIS Jazz Band

Mark Bilotta, director

Alyssa Barry, clarinet

Ben Block, trumpet

John Gasiorowski, trumpet

Rhiannon Jarusinsky, clarinet

Grace Jensen, trombone

Daniel Kim, trumpet

Molly Ingram, flute

Vanessa Maco, alto sax

Bryant Recker, guitar

John Michael Recker, trumpet

Jonathan Sabo, drums/percussion

Jayne Sabovik, drums/percussion

Deloshene Sittambalam, flute/piano

Matthew Sullivan, bass

Julie Turner, flute

Emily Yih, flute/piano

SIS Community Choir

Carole Sylvester, director

Kristina Abissi

Julia Condo

Megan Cote

Maria Curran

Ana De Oliveira

Megan DeNigris

Sophia DeSanctis

Carl Dioguardi (drums)

Rebecca Fabrizi

Kaitlyn Ford

Devon Forster

Christina Francis

Nicole Frese

Pallavi Goel

Alexandra Gray

Kyle Jackson

Julie Kwochka

Brittney LaPiccirella

Hayley Marsden

Amaya Medina

Wesley Mick

Alexia Moreno

Shalimar Ortiz

Sarah Oxner

Jacquelyn Palumbo

Alyssa Pastuszak

Chelsea Richardson

Julia Rosati

Michael Royal

Merlinda Rugova

Christian Ruiz

Michael Smith

Alexandra Sosniak

Maranyeliz Torres

Rebecca Weber

Lauren Wokanovicz

Hanna Zeliantsova

Matthew Sullivan (bass)

SIS Jazz Choir

Carole Sylvester, director

Kristina Abissi

Isabella Burns

Maria Curran

Julia Condo

Ana De Oliveira

Sophia DeSanctis

Sarah Falsetti

Nicole Frese

Kyle Jackson

Brittney LaPiccirella

Amaya Medina

Alexia Moreno

Shalimar Ortiz

Sarah Oxner (piano)

Alyssa Pastuszak

Sean Rago (guitar)

Chelsea Richardson

Julia Rosati

Merlinda Rugova

Christian Ruiz

Alexandra Sosniak

Maranyeliz Torres

Rebecca Weber

Callum Zak

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