Written by Rosemary Leonetti
Long Beach High School sophomore Max Tunney received a unique honor from the Nassau Music Educators Association. Not only did the association select him to perform in the All-County Vocal Jazz Ensemble, it also chose the design he submitted to be used on the official 2014 All-County Music T-shirt. Max’s artwork has also been featured in the annual All-County Art Exhibition, on the Long Beach School District calendar and in Newsday’s Kidsday column.
Equally talented in fine and performing arts, this six-time All-County musician is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, the Palette Club, the Drama Club and the Symphonic Choir. He has landed starring roles in high school drama and musical productions.
Max demonstrated his artistic talent in early elementary school as a three-time winner in the Reading Rainbow Children’s Book Contest. He began his career as a Kidsday staff artist after being named a winner in the Kidsday annual art contest. As a Kidsday reporter, he interviewed Peter Lord, the Academy Award-winning director of “Chicken Run,” which he identified as one of the most memorable experiences of his life.