INDOOR PERCUSSION WINS FIRST PLACE!

ENSEMBLE EARNS A SCORE OF 94 TO PLACE FIRST IN INDOOR PERCUSSION CHAMPIONSHIPS

Indoor Percussionists receive the 1st Place trophy and banner at the USBands Indoor Championships

Indoor Percussionists receive the 1st Place trophy and banner at the USBands Indoor Championships

The West Essex Indoor Percussion Ensemble won 1st Place at their Championship competition held at South Brunswick High School on April 8, 2018.  The group earned a score of 94 in Scholastic A Standstill Percussion to finish at their highest this season!

Congratulations to all the musicians and instructors Ms McAloon and Mr. Gerbasi!

Visit the US Bands website for more information on this competition and click here to see more pictures on our Photos page!

 

CELEBRATING MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH!

WEBB HOSTS MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS DINNER FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND STUDENTS

Cakes cropIn celebration of Music in Our Schools Month, WEBB hosted its annual pasta dinner for the students of the West Essex High School and Middle School Bands.  The dinner, which was held before the Concert on Tuesday March 27, 2018, was a huge success, as students from 7-12 came together for pasta, salad, dessert and other refreshments.

The dinner is a great opportunity for students to interact and build camaraderie.  The well-fed Band Members, along with students from the High School and Middle School Orchestras and Choirs did not disappoint a large audience in the High School Gymnasium with a terrific performance that culminated in a moving combined finale of “America the Beautiful” by all ensembles.

Congratulations to all, and we’re looking forward to next year! Visit our Photos page for some additional MIOS dinner pics.

DINE TO DONATE AT CHIPOTLE! MARCH 13, 4PM to 8PM

ENJOY DINNER AT CHIPOTLE AND SUPPORT THE WEST ESSEX HIGH SCHOOL BAND PROGRAMS!

Chipotle LogoOn Tuesday March 13, 2018 between 4pm and 8pm, dine at Chipotle at 749 Bloomfield Avenue in West Caldwell, and Chipotle will donate 50% of the proceeds to the West Essex Band Boosters!

Click here to download and print the flyer, show it on your smart phone, or simply tell them you are supporting WEBB and you’ll help us help the students of the West Essex High School Band Programs!

Hey, you have to eat!  You might as well make it count!

Tell your family and friends, share it on Facebook, Twitter, and even old fashioned phone calls, and make the most out of this fantastic WEBB Fundraiser!!

Chipotle Flyer - West Essex Band - March 13

WEBB-SPONSORED SECTIONAL COACH NIGHTS HELD

CONCERT BAND AND SYMPHONIC WINDS REHEARSE WITH SECTIONAL COACHES

On February 26 and 27, 2018, Concert Band and Symphonic Winds students enjoyed the opportunity to work with professional musicians as they prepare for the New Jersey High School Region 1 Concert Band Festival to be held at West Essex on Thursday March 22, 2018. As Mr. Fabrizio described in his recent email, these outside coaches, sponsored by the West Essex Band Boosters, specialize in their respective instruments, and our students received highly skilled small group instruction over the two nights. The sessions proved to be a fantastic experience for our young musicians!

Coaches included:

  • Mr. Greg Mulford, Saxophones
  • Mr. Erik Lynch, Percussion
  • Mrs. Amy Emelianoff, French Horns
  • Mr. Richard Clark, Trombones
  • Mrs. Mindy Schierman, Flutes
  • Mrs. Sarah Davol, Oboe
  • Mr. Jeff Bittner, Clarinets
  • Mr. Richard Hartsuiker, Trumpets
  • Mr. Dan Basile, Trumpets
  • Mr. Paul Scott, Tubas & Euphonium
Sectional Coaches are just one of the many ways the West Essex Band Boosters supports the students of the West Essex High School Band Programs.  Click here to learn more!
Mr. Greg Mulford leads Saxophones and Clarinets at Monday night's Sectionals

Mr. Greg Mulford leads Saxophones and Clarinets at Monday night’s Sectionals

Percussionists work with Mr. Erik Lynch

Percussionists work with Mr. Erik Lynch

WINTER GUARD PLACES THIRD AT COMPETITION!

THIRD PLACE AT MORRISTOWN COMPETITION

Winter Guard brings home third place at Morristown

Winter Guard brings home third place at Morristown

Congratulations to the West Essex Winter Guard for placing third at the Morristown competition at Morristown High School on Saturday February 10, 2018!  The next competition will be held on Saturday March 3, 2018 at South Brunswick High School (750 Ridge Road, South Brunswick, NJ).  The Knights will perform at 11:15am.  Come on out and cheer on our Winter Guard!

 

 

WINTER GUARD STARTS OFF THE COMPETITIVE SEASON STRONG!

SECOND PLACE AT HILLSBOROUGH COMPETITION

West Essex Winter Guard started off the competitive season in strong fashion bringing home a 2nd Place Trophy at the Hillsborough competition at Hillsborough High School on Saturday February 3, 2018.  Weeks of practice culminated in a strong performance – and it’s just the start!  The next competition will be held on Saturday February 10, 2018 at Morristown High School (50 Early Street, Morristown NJ).  The Knights will perform at 5:30pm.  Come on out and support the Guard!

Winter Guard Places 2nd at Hillsborough Competition

Winter Guard Places 2nd at Hillsborough Competition

And get ready for Indoor Percussion – their first competition will be on Saturday February 24, 2018…watch this space for details!

CONGRATULATIONS TJ VIOLA ON BEING ACCEPTED INTO NJ ALL STATE SYMPHONIC BAND!

PLUS, NORTH JERSEY REGION CONCERT HELD ON JANUARY 28!

ALL STATE

TJ Viola, French Horn

TJ Viola, French Horn

The West Essex Band Boosters congratulates TJ Viola on his successful audition for the New Jersey All State Symphonic Band!  As Mr. Fabrizio shared in his recent announcement, acceptance into the New Jersey All State Band is the highest achievement for a high school musician in the state. TJ will join other highly talented musicians in a concert at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on February 24, 2018 at 3pm.  The Symphonic Band will be directed by Jerry Luckhardt, Associate Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota.  Congratulations TJ!

REGION

Also, as previously announced, TJ and three other West Essex High School Musicians were accepted into the North Jersey Region Bands – Gabriel Ruszala, Trombone, Symphonic Band; Brian Shields, Euphonium, Symphonic Band; and Sidan Ngo, Mallets, Wind Ensemble. The Region Concert was held on January 28, 2018 at Parsippany High School. Dr. Justin Sedatole, Director of Bands, Professor of Music and Chair of the conducting area at the Michigan State University College of Music, conducted the Wind Ensemble, while Mr. Jeffery Bittner, Director of Bands at Mahwah High School led the Symphonic Band.

Congratulations to all!

NORTH JERSEY AREA BAND CONCERT HELD; FOUR WEST ESSEX MUSICIANS MAKE REGION BAND

WEST ESSEX KNIGHTS PARTICIPATE IN AREA & REGION ENSEMBLES

The 54th Annual North Jersey Area Band Concert was held at Mount Olive High School on Sunday January 14, 2018. As previously posted, five students from West Essex successfully auditioned for the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band.  The ensembles were conducted by Professor Heidi Sarver, Professor of Music at the University of Delaware, and Mr. Rich Barrieres, Director of Bands at Jefferson Township High School, respectively.

Left to Right: Sidan Ngo (Region & Area); Brian Shields (Region & Area); Catherine Marino (Area); TJ Viola (Region & Area); Gabriel Ruszala (Region & Area)

Further, the following students successfully auditioned for North Jersey Region Band:

  • TJ Viola – French Horn – Symphonic Band, 2nd Chair
  • Gabriel Ruszala – Trombone – Symphonic Band, 7th Chair
  • Brian Shields – Euphonium – Symphonic Band, 2nd Chair
  • Sidan Ngo – Mallets – Wind Ensemble, 3rd Chair

As we’ve previously said, successfully auditioning for a chair in these ensembles is no small feat; the West Essex Band Boosters applaud your efforts, as well as all those who auditioned! The Region Band Concert will be held on January 28, 2018 at 3:00pm at Parsippany Hills High School. Visit NJSMA.com for more information. Come on out for an afternoon of great music and support our talented students!

Congratulations to all!

 

 

WINTER “POPS” CONCERT HELD JANUARY 11, 2018

HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT BAND AND SYMPHONIC WINDS ENTERTAINS WITH FAMILIAR TUNES

The West Essex High School Annual Winter “Pops” Concert was held on Thursday January 11, 2018, and the Concert Band and Symphonic Winds, conducted by Mr. Fabrizio, did not disappoint.  Familiar songs such as Music from Wicked arranged by Michael Sweeney (Concert Band) , and West Side Story, arranged by Jay Bocook, and Highlights from Le Miserables, arranged by Johnnie Vinson (Symphonic Winds) were played, as was an entertaining selection of Jazz tunes by the Jazz Quintet comprising TJ Viola, Zach LiVecchie, Ahren Alberto, Jack Cunningham and Ethan Miskulin.

WEHS Winter Concert - Symph Winds - croppedA light reception was provided following the concert by the West Essex Band Boosters, where concertgoers, musicians and staff had the opportunity to mingle and enjoy light refreshments.

Congratulations to all!

WINTER CONCERT – THURSDAY JANUARY 11, 2018

JOIN US THURSDAY JANUARY 11, 2018 FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL BAND WINTER CONCERT!

The Winter Concert, featuring Mr. Anthony Fabrizio and the West Essex High School Concert Band and Symphonic Winds, will begin at 7pm in the High School Auditorium. Please join us immediately following the Concert in the cafeteria for refreshments, provided by the West Essex Band Boosters. Break through those winter doldrums and come out for an evening of music and entertainment!  See you there!Winter concert