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Valanti Marou - Rush-Henrietta H.S.

At Rush-Henrietta High School, senior Valanti Marou proudly plays an instrument that's central to his Greek heritage:  the clarinet.
Listen to Valanti Marou play the clarinet, and you can tell he loves the instrument.  He has from the moment he started playing. 
      "The inspiration was my Greek background," he says.  "My parents always said the clarinet was a prominent instrument in Greek culture, so I started to impress them!"
       Valanti has wracked up one achievement, after another, in his four years at Rush-Henrietta High School.   That includes the highest scores in All-County and All-State ensembles.  This year, he topped hundreds of other students from 11 states for a seat in the All-Eastern Honor Band.  Valanti is a leader, not just in the school band, but the school orchestra, the jazz band, and the choir.  He intends to study music in college.
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