Competition Season Kicks Off with a Strong Performance!

Congratulations Marching Knights on Your First Place Performance!

The Jefferson Competition marked the start of the 2018 Season, and the Marching Knights were in fine form!  Scoring a 78.0, the Knights secured First Place in their division, and their highest first show score (in 2 Open) since the 2014 season!

Final warm-up before taking the field in competition

Final warm-up before taking the field in competition

The Knights performed beautifully, after a busy day that started with the annual Kick-Off Breakfast, followed by several hours of rehearsal to get the show ready for competition.  And it certainly showed!

Thank you to all the parents who were able to help with the Pit Crew!  Your support is very much appreciated! (Help is always needed…Click here to sign up for future shows!)

Congratulations to all!

 

ACC (Hershey) Tickets Now Available for Pre-Sale!

October 28 is the Championship Competition at Hershey Stadium!

Click here to complete our on-line form to request tickets (and submit your payment) no later than October 8.  Pre-sale tickets are available for $20 and students/seniors $15.  ($22 and $17 at the gate). Plus, $3 of every ticket pre-sale goes directly to WEBB.  So, buy early, save money and support the West Essex Band Programs!

Let’s fill the stands with the Marching Knight’s BIGGEST FANS!!

Leave the car at home…stay tuned for more information on the Parent Bus to Hershey!

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Marching Season Kick-Off Breakfast – September 15!

Marching Band Students and Families are Invited to Attend our Annual Kick-Off Breakfast!

All Marching Band Students & Families are invited to attend our annual Marching Season Kick-Off Breakfast on Saturday September 15, 2018 at 9am. This year’s event will be held at the Fairfield Recreation Building at 221 Hollywood Avenue in Fairfield.

As always, the breakfast is supported through generous donations from our Marching Band families.  Click the icon below to access the Sign Up Genius to support this event!  Donations of checks and Shop Rite and Costco gift cards may be dropped off to Joanne Marino after rehearsals on Saturday 9/8, Tuesday 9/11 and Wednesday 9/12 at the Band Room door (or at Wednesday’s WEBB Meeting).

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Checks should be made out to “West Essex Regional School District”, with “Marching Band” written in the memo

Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet other Band families and celebrate the start of the Competition Season!  See you there!

Volunteer for the Pit Crew!

Help is Needed… Sign up Today!

The Sign Up Genius is now open for Pit Crew Volunteers!

Help is always needed in getting props and equipment on and off the field for competitions and football games. Our efforts mean that the kids can focus on their performance, rather than muscling heavy equipment from the trailer to the sidelines.  If you are able to help out – even only some of the time – click on the Sign Up Genius link below to sign up!  All performances are listed.

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Workin’ At the Car (Trailer) Wash…

Band Trailer Shines Almost as Much as the Marching Knights!

Lots of polishing compound, wax and elbow grease brought life back to the Band Trailer, revealing a beautiful shine not seen for quite some time. Several parents came together on Saturday August 18 to rejuvenate the red and black trailer, which required a thorough wash, polish, wax and buff to bring out the original glow.  Special thanks to Ray Stampone, Frank Matarazzo, Steve Salvanto, Andrew Marino, Anthony Fermo and Pat Freda for all the hard work!  (And the crew thanks Cathy Stampone for the hamburgers & hot dogs!)

The crew

The crew

Before...

Before…

...And After

…And After

Meet & Greet the Parents of WEBB

Band Boosters Annual Parent Gathering Well Attended

About 30 parents of West Essex Band Students – many new, many existing – came together for our annual Parent Gathering on Wednesday August 15, 2018.  Those attending enjoyed great conversation, welcoming new parents to the WEBB family, and plenty of snacks and refreshments.  A very special thank you to Cathy and Ray Stampone for opening up their home for this WEBB event!

Parents enjoy each other's company at this year's event

Parents enjoy each other’s company at this year’s event

Tournament of Bands Chapter X Championships – Sign Up Genius is Now Open!

Sign Up Genius is Live!

There are many great ways for all Band Parents to get involved and help make this year’s Tournament of Bands Chapter X Championships on October 21 – our Home Show – a HUGE success!  Click here for our TOB Chapter X page for more information, or click on the icon below to go directly to Sign Up Genius.

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TOB Ad Journal – Support the Band Program and Earn $$$ For Disney Trip this Spring!

Now’s the time to start selling ads for the Tournament of Bands Ad Journal (TOB Chapter X Competition Program).  The Ad Journal is one of the biggest sources of funds to support the Competition, and ultimately, the many High School Band Program activities WEBB supports throughout the year.   

Click here for a PDF of the Ad Journal application form for printing, or click here to visit the TOB Chapter X page of our website for the link and more information.

Remember, 30% of the funds raised by your child will be deposited into their Band Account and can be applied to the cost of the DisneyWorld trip this Spring!

And remember, Competition Planning Meeting – Monday August 13, 2018 at 7pm in the High School Cafeteria – All Parents are encouraged to attend!

 

A GREAT YEAR COMES TO A CLOSE!

THE 2017/2018 SCHOOL YEAR COMES TO A CLOSE WITH FINAL CONCERTS!

With the Spring Concert, held on May 30, followed by the High School & Middle School combined “Jazz Knight”, held on June 6, the curtain draws on a fantastic year of award winning performances!  Congratulations to Mr. Fabrizio and the talented students in ALL ensembles for your dedication, hard work and accomplishments throughout the school year!

2018 WEBB Scholarships

2018 West Essex Band Booster Scholarship Recipients

The West Essex Band Boosters also congratulate this year’s recipients of the West Essex Band Boosters Scholarships. Your dedication, work ethic and contributions to the program have been greatly appreciated!

WEBB wishes all graduating seniors (and their parents) the best of luck as you embark on the next chapter of your lives! Be sure to come back to visit for concerts and performances throughout the school year!

We are looking forward to another successful year next  year!  Remember, there are many ways for parents – new and current – to get involved in the West Essex Band Boosters.  Look for emails this summer for how you can help out as we kick off the 2018/2019 school year.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer!

THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT!

MIDDLE SCHOOL CONCERT BAND AND JAZZ ENSEMBLE EACH TAKE FIRST PLACE AT DORNEY!

Mr. Fitzke and the Award Winning West Essex Middle School Concert Band

Mr. Fitzke and the Award Winning West Essex Middle School Concert Band

Under the direction of Mr. Rick Fitzke, the West Essex Middle School Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble performed flawlessly at the Music in the Parks Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Friday May 11, 2018, each collecting a First Place trophy and Superior rating!  

The Concert Band was selected as BEST OVERALL instrumental music group for the day, and received a special award for Best Trombone Section!  The Jazz Ensemble won Best Rhythm Section, as well as Best Soloist Awards for Brian Mintz (Alto Sax) and Andrew Marino and Lucas Sabol (Vibraphone and Piano).

The students then enjoyed a spectacular day at Dorney Park to celebrate their accomplishments!  Congratulations to Mr. Fitzke and these talented young musicians, and we look forward to welcoming the 8th graders to the High School Band Program next Fall!