Marching Knights 2021 Show Revealed!
Live and in person in the High School Auditorium, Mr. Fabrizio revealed the exciting 2021 Marching Knights theme, “Captured”! Composed by Frank Sullivan, with Drill Design by Christopher DeLeon, Captured will feature a modern take on traditional Spanish music, featuring the struggle of the various ensemble sections being captured and freed throughout the show, punctuated by striking colors and visuals.
The show’s reveal featured a digital demonstration of the music of Captured, and was received energetically by the student and parent attendees. Also during the Open House, Mr. Fabrizio introduced the student leaders and instructors for the 2021 Marching Knights season.
Ms. Heidi Levine and Mr. Andrew Marino, WEBB President and Corresponding Secretary, respectively, introduced the West Essex Band Boosters organization and invited parents to volunteer for activities throughout the school year.
Parents were also invited to explore our website, including our Parent Resources page (click here) to learn more about the organization and the many ways to get involved.
We look forward to the 2021 Season!
West Essex Perform at Caldwell/West Caldwell Memorial Day Ceremonies
The West Essex Marching Knights, under the direction of Mr. Fabrizio and Drum Majors Michael Ragusa and Tiana Pimentel, performed at the Caldwell/West Caldwell Memorial Day Ceremonies on Monday May 31. The ceremony, in lieu of the annual Parade down Bloomfield Avenue, was held at the Gazebo.
Honoring our fallen servicemen and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Marching Knights performed a fitting medley of patriotic songs for the large audience and the many dignitaries who were gathered at the park.
With this being the final Marching Knights performance of the school year, we look forward to what is in store in the Fall of 2021!
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A Final “Live” Concert to End the Year and Bid Mr. Fabrizio Farewell
Energy once again filled the West Essex High School Auditorium on May 25, 2021, as students and parents gathered in that venue for the first time in more than a year to enjoy live music performed by the Concert Band and Symphonic Winds, and – via livestream from the Gymnasium – the Jazz Band and Jazz Quintet.
An extended ovation was given to Mr. Fabrizio, at what was his final concert with West Essex. The students, led by Michael Ragusa and Tiana Pimentel, presented Mr. Fabrizio a beautiful plaque with a touching inscription that included a quote by Mr. Fabrizo’s own friend and mentor, the late Dr. Joel Craig Davis: “You Get Back What You Put In”. That truth was evident on the stage Tuesday night. Notably, this year’s Senior Class started and ended their time at West Essex alongside Mr. Fabrizio.
Outgoing and incoming WEBB Presidents, Anthony Fermo and Heidi Levine, reflected on Mr. Fabrizio’s contributions to the program during his six years at West Essex, which included numerous awards, accolades, and that near-performance at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Fabrizio shared his own reflections of his time at West Essex, the students, administration and parents.
We congratulate all of the students, our Seniors, and Mr. Fabrizio for persevering during a challenging year, and delivering a memorable Spring Concert performance.
We thank Mr. Fabrizio for being such an inspirational educator, mentor and friend to so many.
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Congratulations to the Newly Elected Board Members!
The following parents were elected to the West Essex Band Boosters Executive Board for the 2021/2022 school year at the May 12 General Meeting. We thank you for your time and dedication to supporting the West Essex High School Band Programs!
- President – Heidi Levine
- Vice President – Stacey Bachenheimer
- Treasurer – Greg Bogumil
- Recording Secretary – Michelle Bogumil
- Corresponding Secretary – Andrew Marino
We also thank outgoing Board Members – Anthony Fermo, President and Sue Alamia, Treasurer – for your service to WEBB!
Indoor Percussion and Winter Guard Wrap Up The Season
It was great to once again watch our kids perform live during the season-ending Family & Friends performance for both the Indoor Percussion and Winter Guard ensembles.
Held in the gymnasium and socially distanced, we celebrated the students’ dedication and talent throughout a challenging year, and further celebrated our senior students from both ensembles who demonstrated particular leadership during these unconventional times.
We also congratulate Ms. McAloon, Mr. Bouvier and the Indoor Percussion ensemble for achieving an “Outstanding” rating for their final competition of the season!
In lieu of season-end celebrations, the West Essex Band Boosters provided a “goodie bag” full of treats for each performer to take home after the performance. We thank Ms. Swanick, Mr. Fabrizio and all instructors for their hard work and dedication to our students over the past several months, and we look forward to next season!
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USBands Virtual Competition – Standstill Category
Congratulations to the West Essex Indoor Percussion ensemble for earning a rating of “Excellent” at their recent virtual competition hosted by USBands. The 2021 show, “Arachnid” is a technically challenging one, and these results demonstrate the hard work and dedication of this group of talented students. Click here to watch the show!
There is one more competition remaining for the 2021 season, and we wish the Indoor Percussion ensemble the best of luck!
Congratulations to all the students, Ms. M. and staff! Click here for more information on the USBands organization and events.
Arts Education NJ Solo and Ensemble Festival
WEBB Congratulates the following students who entered the inaugural Arts Education NJ Solo and Ensemble Festival last month and represented the West Essex Bands extremely well.
According to Mr. Fabrizio’s recent email, there were over 1,000 entries from all over the state and our WE students worked hard to practice and record themselves for the event. Each student received a score, rating, and recorded feedback from professional independent adjudicators from around the United States. Gabriel Ruszala (12th) scored among the top musicians who were invited to State Finals later in the year.
Click here to learn more about the organization and festival. The five students are as follows. Congratulations!
- Gabriel Ruszala (12th) trombone solo – Gold
- Gianna Lodato (10th) snare drum solo – Silver
- Andrew Marino (11th) marimba solo – Silver
- Julia Zhang (12th) oboe solo – Bronze
- Logan Bogumil (10th) clarinet solo – Bronze
NorthJersey.com’s Best Band – Fan Favorite Award!
Vote for the Marching Knights for NorthJersey.com’s Best Band – Fan Favorite Award!
Click Here to vote between March 3 and March 31, 2021, and be sure to spread the word! Every vote counts!
The Best Band – Fan Favorite Award is part of the USA TODAY High School Sports Awards program, the largest high school sports recognition program in the country, and is your chance to honor your favorite Marching Band!
Eat Well, and Support the Band!
On Saturday February 20, 2021 from 4pm to 8pm. Whether you prefer in-person or on-line ordering (for pickup), you can support the Band by dining at the West Caldwell Chipotle location. Show the flyer below, or just mention this fundraiser to participate – it’s THAT SIMPLE! Use Promo Code W4P7J2L for on-line ordering (West Caldwell location). Click here to visit our Fundraising page for more information!
Thank you for your support, and don’t forget to share with your family and friends!
Senior Knights & Parents Celebrated
Marching Knights impress at the Friends & Family Performance
The 2020 Marching Season came to a close with a memorable Friends & Family Performance on Sunday November 22, 2020. A crisp autumn day served as the backdrop as the Marching Knights and the West Essex Varsity Dance Team took to the turf for their final performances of the season.
Senior Knights and their parents were celebrated on-field, in a fitting tribute to student leaders in what was a most unusual and challenging season. From limited practices, to in-town Band Camp, to a virtual competition season, our Knights rose to the occasion and delivered. The West Essex Band Boosters could not be more proud of you.
Senior Posters are signed after Friday night football
In what has become tradition, Senior Banners were signed by band members after Friday night’s football game: a keepsake reflecting many fond memories of their years as Marching Knights.
WEBB congratulates the students, Mr. Fabrizio, and the entire staff for overcoming what seemed to be insurmountable challenges a few months ago. We thank you for creating new memories in an already memorable year.
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