• Welcome to the Lake Shore High School Music Department! 
    To access course requirements, handbooks, or others materials specific to a course, please click on your teacher's name below and it will take you to their webpage.
    While our School District and Erie County Officials sort out the next several weeks in education, please check back regarding concert reschedules and/or cancellations.
    In the meantime, all music students should make arrangements as per district policy to have all materials including; their instrument, ensemble music, lesson music, and classroom materials at home for continued study and practice.
    All students should check their school emails regularly and join Remind and Google Classroom.  The Google classroom invitations were sent to all students on Monday 3/16.  
    Our plan for continued progress will develop and specifics will be shared through these online resources.  For now, please practice your ensemble music and continue to make progress in lieu of simply sitting home.  This is not a vacation, it is a medical precaution, and academics, while self driven, should continue to be a part of your daily routine!
    Stay Well, The Lake Shore High School Music Staff
    Online video and live classroom instruction guidelines
    1.  All school rules, including our acceptable use guidelines remain in place and should be followed at all times.
    2.  Students should be dressed appropriately for school when submitting or participating in a video conference.
    3.  Students should be seated at a workstation or public area of the house.
    *****The Coffee and Cheesecake Fundraiser has been cancelled.  Please return proceeds collected.
    Upcoming Music Boosters' Meetings; 

    Concert animation      Upcoming Concerts and Events 

    Secondary Choral Concert
    TBD - 7pm High School
    Featuring the Middle School and High School Choruses
    Side-By-Side Orchestra Concert
    TBD - 7pm Middle School
    Featuring the Middle School and High School String Orchestras
    District Jazz Concert
    TBD - 7pm High School
    Featuring Jazz Trombonist John Hassleback
    and the Elementary, Middle School and High School Jazz Ensembles

    Trombonist John Hasselback, Jr. began his musical career at an early age, performing with his father as a young teenager.  He received a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the Hartt School of Music, where he studied both Classical and Jazz Music, and apprenticed with the legendary Jackie McLean.  He has since received Education and Graduate degrees from SUNY Fredonia and Empire State College.

     John has been very active as a performer, working across the United States and Europe with many noted Jazz artists including Jaki Byard, Don Menza, Maynard Ferguson, Roswell Rudd, Gap Mangione and Chuck Mangione.  He is a featured soloist on recordings with Gap Mangione, Kenny Wheeler, and Don Menza. "Menza Lines," which was recorded live in Los Angeles at the "Stratospheric" celebration of Maynard Ferguson's 75th birthday, was selected as one of the top releases of 2005 by the critics of Jazz Times Magazine.  Recently, John was a featured member of the Don Menza Quintet, performing in Munich Germany, and performed as a member of the Ron Carter “Great Big Band” at Birdland in New York City. John regularly performs with and serves as an Artistic Director for the Buffalo Jazz Collective, dedicated to preserving, celebrating, and advancing the rich jazz heritage of Western New York.  Activities with this organization have included performances with guest artists Sam Noto, Pat LaBarbera, Freddie Hendrix, James Burton III, Kirk MacDonald, Brad Leali and Bobby Militello.

    John has been named "Top Jazz Trombonist in Western New York" by the JazzBuffalo poll each year since the poll's inception in 2014.

    John has taught at Buffalo State College, Lockport High School, Ellicottville Central Schools, and is currently in his 20th year at West Seneca Central Schools, where he is the director of the Jazz Ensemble at West Senior High School and serves as the coordinator of the district's annual Jazz festival.  Additionally, he has serves as the Erie County Music Educators Association Chairman for Jazz and the High School Jazz Ensemble Chairman for NYSSMA Zone 1. He has previously served as the Western New York Zone Representative for the International Association of Jazz Educators. He has been an adjudicator for both the Erie County Music Educators Association and Niagara County Music Educators Association, and is also an in demand clinician, performing as guest artist at a number of area school districts and colleges, including SUNY Fredonia, Snow College in Utah and the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT.  He conducted the 2010 ECMEA High School Jazz Ensemble, the 2013 NCMEA High School Jazz Ensemble, and the 2017 NYSSMA Zone 1 Area All State Jr. High Festival.    

    John lives in East Aurora with his wife Lisa, also a music teacher and accomplished Jazz pianist.  They are the proud parents of Caitlin, John III and Robert.

    Please see each teacher's individual websites (click on their name below) for specific information on each program.

    Band Director
    Music Department Chairman
    (716) 926-2117
    Orchestra Director
    (716) 926-2344

    John Kresse

    Band Director
    (716) 926-2118
    Chorus and General Music Director                       
    (716) 926-2159