Indoor Percussion Enjoys a 77.3 Score to Place 2nd in Standstill Class
Congratulations to the West Essex Indoor Percussion Ensemble, Ms. McAloon and Mr. Gerbasi for a terrific performance at the Pemberton High School Competition on Saturday March 23, 2019.
2019 Indoor Percussion Ensemble
The group scored a 77.3 in their performance of Dreams and Nightmares, a 10 point jump from their previous performance at Triton High School. The score secured a 2nd place win in the Standstill class.
Next up is the final competition of the season, on Sunday April 28, 2019 at Fairlawn High School.
WEST ESSEX STUDENTS SUCCESSFULLY AUDITION FOR REGION JAZZ!
Congratulations to Ahren Alberto, Junior (Piano) and Gabe Ruszala, Sophomore (Trombone) for successfully auditioning for the New Jersey Association for Jazz Education (NJAJE) Region 1 Jazz Ensemble!
Ahren Alberto & Gabe Ruszala, Region 1 Jazz
Ahren and Gabe will work with other talented high school students from across North Jersey performing challenging and entertaining jazz selections. They will perform under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Kunkel, Coordinator of Jazz Studies and the Director of the Montclair State University Jazz Ensemble.
As with other Area, Region & All State ensembles, auditioning for a coveted seat in this group is no small task and reflects intense dedication and talent.
Come enjoy and incredible evening of music! The concert will be held on Sunday April 7, 2019 at 4pm at Mountain Lakes High School.
Eighth & Ninth Graders Represent West Essex at the North Jersey Junior Region Concert
L to R: Dante Ragusa, Mr. Fitzke, Gianna Lodato, Mr. Fabrizio, Andrew Marino
Three students represented West Essex High School and Middle School at the 2019 All North Jersey Junior Region Symphonic Winds and Concert Band concert held on Sunday March 3, 2019 at Randolph High School.
Congratulations to eighth graders, Dante Ragusa (Tuba) and Gianna Lodato (Battery Percussion), as well as freshman Andrew Marino (Mallets Percussion) for terrific performances.
The Symphonic Winds, which included Gianna and Andrew, was conducted by Mr. Michael Russo of Morristown High School, while the Concert Band, including Dante, was conducted by Anthony Wayne Middle School’s Mr. Christopher DeWilde.
STUDENTS PLACE IN NEW JERSEY ALL STATE WIND ENSEMBLE & NORTH JERSEY JUNIOR REGION SYMPHONIC WINDS
The West Essex Band Boosters congratulates junior TJ Viola on his successful audition for the New Jersey All State Wind Ensemble! 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 23, 2019. Congratulations TJ!
WEBB also congratulates freshman Andrew Marino on his successful audition for North Jersey Junior Region Symphonic Winds! Andrew placed 1st Chair Mallets in the Symphonic Winds, receiving the highest overall mallet score in this year’s auditions. Andrew will perform in the Junior Region concert on March 3, 2019 at Randolph High School. Congratulations!
TUESDAY JANUARY 22, 2019 FROM 4 TO 8PM ONLY!
Enjoy Dinner at Chipotle in West Caldwell, and support the West Essex High School Band Programs!
On Tuesday January 22, 2019 between 4pm and 8pm, dine at Chipotle at 749 Bloomfield Avenue in West Caldwell, and Chipotle will donate 33% 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 the Band, 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, and make the most out of this fantastic WEBB Fundraiser!!
Five West Essex Students Place in North Jersey Region Band!
The West Essex Band Boosters congratulate the following five West Essex High School musicians for successfully auditioning for the North Jersey Region Band ensembles earlier this month! As with Area Band announced earlier, West Essex has made a great showing in this year’s Region Band Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band.
The West Essex Band Boosters congratulates all who auditioned for Region Band! We applaud your hard work and dedication.
- Sidan Ngo, Junior – 3rd Chair Mallets – Wind Ensemble
- Gabriel Ruszala, Sophomore – 4th Chair Trombone – Wind Ensemble
- TJ Viola, Junior – 2nd Chair French Horn – Wind Ensemble & Orchestra
- Warren King, Senior – 8th Chair Trombone – Symphonic Band
- Catherine Marino, Senior – 2nd Chair Alto Saxophone – Symphonic Band
The Region Band Concert will be held on Sunday January 27, 2019, 3:00pm at Parsippany Hills High School. Come on out and support our students! For more information on North Jersey Region Band, click on the logo above.
Seven West Essex Students Successfully Audition for North Jersey Area Band!
The West Essex Band Boosters congratulate the following seven West Essex High School musicians for successfully auditioning for the North Jersey Area Band ensembles earlier this month! West Essex has made a great showing in this year’s Area Band, with 5 placements in the Wind Ensemble and 2 in the Symphonic Band.
- Catherine Marino, Senior – Tenor Sax – 1st Chair Wind Ensemble
- Warren King, Senior – Trombone – 1st Chair Symphonic Band
- TJ Viola, Junior – French Horn – 2nd Chair Wind Ensemble
- Sidan Ngo, Junior – Mallets – 3rd Chair Wind Ensemble
- Ahren Alberto, Junior – French Horn – 4th Chair Symphonic Band
- Jimmy Alamia, Sophomore – Principal Timpani – Wind Ensemble
- Gabe Ruszala, Sophomore – Trombone – 2nd Chair Wind Ensemble
And congratulations to all those who auditioned. Auditioning for a seat in these ensembles is no small feat and requires months of practice and preparation, as well as determination and drive. We applaud your efforts!
The Area Band Concert will be held on Saturday January 12, 2019, 6:00pm at Mount Olive High School. Come on out and support our students! For more information on North Jersey Area Band, click on the logo above.
Fall Concert to be Held on November 29, 2018
The West Essex High School Band Fall Concert will be held on Thursday November 29, 2018 at 7:00pm in the West Essex High School Auditorium. The Concert will feature the West Essex High School Concert Band and Symphonic Winds ensembles, under the direction of Conductor, Mr. Anthony Fabrizio. The public is invited to attend and enjoy an evening fine music, performed by highly talented High School musicians.
The concert is free of charge, and the audience is welcome to meet the student musicians immediately following the performance at a reception sponsored by the West Essex Band Boosters.
We hope to see you there!
Marching Knights, Staff and Parents Enjoy an End of Season Celebration
Students, Parents and Staff came together on Tuesday November 6, 2018 for the annual End of Season Marching Band Celebration Dinner, sponsored by the West Essex Band Boosters. The dinner is a special way to mark the formal end of the Marching Band Season for so many students who have worked hard together since the summer months learning, rehearsing and performing “UNTAMED“.
During dinner, underclassmen signed the Seniors’ posters, pictures and videos were played, and speeches were given by Mr. Fabrizio and Seniors Izzy Bonvini and Catherine Marino, reflecting on a successful season and thanking all those involved in making 2018 one of the most enjoyable years yet!
Senior posters are signed, reflecting the memories of the Marching Season
These students are a special group, as are the Staff that teaches them and the parents that gave so much of their own time and effort to support the program throughout the season. The end is bittersweet for all involved…but, for many….there’s next year to look forward to!
Click here to see more photos of this special evening!