The Marching Knights debuted their 2021 show, “Captured”, as well as their new uniforms during the Friday night football game against River Dell. The Football Knights won, as did the Marching Knights in a fantastic first home-field performance.
We can’t wait to see what’s in store for this season! The Marching Knights have “captured” our attention! Congrats to the Knights, Mr. Griffin and the entire staff!
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It’s not Camp Canadensis grub, but the next best thing! The West Essex Band Boosters served up dinners for our Marching Knights during the week of on-campus Band Camp.
Our kids are hard at work this week, 9 to 9, and WEBB is happy to provide them a well deserved break with nightly dinners.
We thank local businesses for discounted meals, including: Pizza Night from Hollywood Pizza; Mexican Fare from Bubbakoos; and Sandwiches and Boxed Dinners from Shop Rite. In addition, Boza Creamery from Fairfield donated hand-made ice cream on Friday.
West Essex Band Boosters Welcome our new Director of Bands!
The West Essex Band Boosters warmly welcome Mr. Edward Griffin to the West Essex community as our new Director of Bands for West Essex High School. Mr. Griffin joins West Essex from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Edison, New Jersey.
Mr. Griffin met many students and parents at a “Meet and Greet” held on Thursday July 8, where he introduced himself and provided a brief career background. He will waste no time immersing himself in the program, as plans for the Marching Knights’ 2021 season are in full swing.
We look forward to working with and supporting Mr. Griffin as he leads the West Essex High School Band Programs forward!
Another memorable year comes to a close, this one punctuated by an array of virtual classrooms, social distancing, masked instruments, a (first ever) standstill Marching Season, and – finally – the long-awaited in-person live performances by the Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphonic Winds, Jazz Quintet, Indoor Percussion and Winter Guard. How great it was to see and hear live music once again fill the auditorium! And let’s not forget the Marching Knights at the Memorial Day celebration in Caldwell!
The year was also punctuated by the departure of Mr. Fabrizio as he moves to new and exciting experiences at Millburn High School. We thank all our Band Parents for their generosity in presenting Mr. Fabrizio with gifts of appreciation and thanks, including tickets to the New Jersey Symphony. The WEBB Executive Board presented the gifts during the year-end awards celebration for students under the big tent on Campus. He will be missed!
We congratulate this year’s recipients of the West Essex Band Boosters Scholarships, as well as all the Band award recipients. Your perseverance, dedication and leadership example throughout this unusual school year were greatly appreciated!
WEBB wishes all graduating seniors and their parents the best of luck as you embark on the next chapter of your lives! We hope you come back to visit often!
For returning parents… we are already planning for the Fall! Keep an eye out for emails over the summer as we plan for our annual Parent Gathering during Band Camp, the Marching Season Kick-Off Breakfast, Tournament of Bands Home Competition, and more! There are so many ways for parents to help – and we’ll need everyone to lend a hand as we (hopefully) get back to normal in the new school year! Please click here to visit our Parents page for more information on volunteer opportunities.
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.
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!