A FINAL PERFORMANCE ON THE BIG STAGE
The West Essex Marching Knights bring their 2017 Season to an official close with their final Masquerade performance at Met Life Stadium as the West Essex Football Knights win the Section 2 Group 3 State Championship over Voorhees in an outstanding game on Saturday December 2, 2017.
A BIG thank you to all of the parents who helped out throughout the season for pit crew, home football game hospitality, building props, organizing the end-of-season dinner, and of course, the TOB Chapter X Championships!
And an even BIGGER thank you and congratulations to Mr. Fabrizio, the Marching Knights, and the entire staff for a fantastic season… we can’t wait to see what is in store for the Fall of 2018!
CATHERINE MARINO PERFORMS WITH THE “MACY’S GREAT AMERICAN MARCHING BAND” IN THE NYC THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE!
Junior Saxophonist, Catherine Marino, performed with Macy’s Great American Marching Band in the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Catherine auditioned earlier this year after Mr. Fabrizio shared information about the program with the Band classes. She joined 184 musicians and 40 color guard and dancers representing each State in the US.
The Band enjoyed a full week of rehearsals and touring in NYC (a first for many who have never been to New York). The week culminated in a 2:30am report time on Thanksgiving morning – in full uniform – for a 4:30am dress rehearsal at Herald Square in front of the flagship Macy’s store. And then the 9am step-off down Central Park West towards 6th Avenue. Congratulations Catherine!
FALL CONCERT HELD NOVEMBER 14 – THE FIRST OF THE 2017/2018 SCHOOL YEAR!
Congratulations to Mr. Fabrizio and the students of the Concert Band and Symphonic Winds for a fantastic Fall Concert, held at the West Essex High School Auditorium on Tuesday November 14, 2017. The large audience of family and friends were treated to a wide variety of music, ranging from Three Ayers from Gloucester by Hugh M. Stuart to Two British Folksongs by Elliot del Borgo to Arrows of Lightening by Marco Puetz, among several other pieces. Both ensembles performed admirably, after only two months since the school year began!
And thank you to the West Essex Band Boosters for providing hospitality after the concert, where concertgoers, musicians and staff had the opportunity to mingle and enjoy light refreshments.
Coming Up! WEBB Meeting on December 4 – Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss fundraising ideas and much more for the remainder of the school year!
JOIN US TUESDAY NOVEMBER 14 FOR THE FIRST CONCERT PERFORMANCE OF THE 2017/2018 SCHOOL YEAR!
The Fall 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. See you there!
The Curtain Closes on Masquerade’s Competitive Season with a Bittersweet Final Performance at Hershey
Despite the rain and a pre-dawn, 5:30am departure from West Essex, the Marching Knights provided a thrilling final competitive performance at the Atlantic Coast Championships for Group 2 Open at Hershey Stadium in Hershey Pennsylvania. With a score of 89.4, the Knights brought home a Bronze Award among a highly competitive class of Marching Bands from across the region, including states stretching from the New York Metro area to Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Their performance brings to a close the 2017 Competition Season that was equally moving, exciting, inspiring and challenging. A huge congratulations to the Marching Knights, Mr. Fabrizio, and the entire Staff for a fantastic season!
Thank you to all of the Band Parents who made their way to Hershey – either by the “Hershey Express” or on their own – the West Essex crowd was loud and energizing!
And a special thank you to the Parents of the PIT CREW for once again showing what teamwork is all about!
Good Luck West Essex Marching Knights!
West Essex will take the field in Competition one last time this season on November 5 at the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championships at Hershey Park! The West Essex Band Boosters wish them the best of luck!! They are all Champions to us!!
A GREAT Performance by the Marching Knights AND the Band Boosters!
A HUGE thank you to all the Band Parents that worked so hard this weekend and in the months leading up to today to make this year’s Tournament of Bands Chapter X Championship a huge success! We cannot say enough to express our appreciation for all the effort put in by so many parents. Without your help, this event – without question – is just not possible. And, of course, a big CONGRATULATIONS to the West Essex Marching Knights, for an absolutely beautiful performance and a fantastic score of 90.95 at today’s event, placing third in Group 2 Open, an increase of 2.15 over last week’s performance at Governor Livingston! You make us so proud every time you take the field!
Visit our Photos & Videos page to watch the show.
Next up… Atlantic Coast Championships at Hershey Park on November 5, 2017!
And then, we move indoors for the Fall Band Concert on November 14, 2017
High School & Middle School Join Together for Pizza and Friday Night Football
It was a great night for the Middle School Band to join the West Essex Marching Knights for a Pizza Dinner, sponsored by the West Essex Band Boosters, and then play their hearts out in the stands as the West Essex Knights beat Ferris 42-0. More than 70 Middle School musicians came out on Friday October 20, playing along side the upperclassmen, and filling the stadium with amazing sound and energy. It was contagious! And what a show put on by the Marching Knights, only two days away from the Tournament of Bands Chapter X Championship right here at West Essex High School!
A Clean Sweep at Governor Livingston – First Place! Best Music! Best Visual!
A breezy and overcast Fall day was the backdrop as the West Essex Marching Knights cleaned up at Governor Livingston High School on Sunday October 15, 2017. With a score of 88.8 – an 8.3 point increase from their last performance at Metuchen – the Marching Knights brought home 1st Place in Group 2 Open, plus honors for Best Music and Best Visuals! And a special shout-out to Mr. Fabrizio, who won the “Best Director” award by popular vote of the fans… Visit the Photos & Videos Page for a video of the winning performance!
Next up…The Chapter X Championships at West Essex!
The Tournament of Bands Chapter X Championship at West Essex is Just Around the Corner!
Hard to believe, but it’s true. The menu is set, the Ad Journal is at the printers, the trophies are ordered and the Marching Knights are READY! All we need is YOU!
Our next (and final) TOB Meeting is on Monday October 16, 2017 at 7pm in the High School Cafeteria. So much work has been done over the last many months, and this meeting is critical to make sure it all comes together seamlessly and no stone is left unturned.
Please plan on attending and helping us make October 22 a complete success!