Seven West Essex Students Successfully Audition for North Jersey Area Band!

North Jersey Area Band LogoThe 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.

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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“.

IMG_7074During 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 closeness of the Marching Knights

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!



An Amazing Season Comes to an End at Hershey’s Atlantic Coast Championships!

The West Essex Band Boosters congratulates the Marching Knights, Mr. Fabrizio and the entire Staff for an incredible and successful Marching season!  From the very first performance, you have repeatedly proven your talents, competitive spirit and strength as performers, and we have enjoyed every moment of it!  Your hard work and dedication culminated in a Silver rating, placing 11th overall at the Atlantic Coast Championships, but without question you all are #1 in our hearts!

The 2018 West Essex Marching Knights

The 2018 West Essex Marching Knights

Additionally, congratulations goes to the best Pit Crew in TOB for your tireless efforts in assembling props, moving equipment on and off the performance field and maintaining the band trailer (and Ray’s TORO). Thank you to an incredible group of parents for an enjoyable season!  (See you next year!). Click here to visit our photos page to see more.

Pit Crew at work at ACCs in Hershey

The Pit Crew at work at ACCs in Hershey



The Marching Knights continue to impress as they improve yet again, achieving a score of 92.05 at the TOB Chapter X Championships held at West Essex on Sunday October 21, 2018!  Performers from every school braved the cold and wind, with our Knights placing second in Group 2 Open, and third overall, behind Brick Memorial and Governor Livingston. 

It was an incredible day, with Bands and spectators visiting the West Essex campus from New York and all over New Jersey.  Immense thank you to all the Band Parents who helped make the day a success and second to NONE!  Special thanks and appreciation go to our co-chairs Cathy Salvanto and Cathy Stampone for countless hours of planning, preparation and behind the scenes efforts!  Congratulations to all!

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The 2018 Marching Knights


Drum Majors and Senior Knights await final scores



Senior Marching Knights and Their Parents Take the Field on Senior Knight

A bittersweet moment as the Seniors perform at the last regular season home game on Friday October 19, 2018. Congratulations to all on a terrific Marching Season!

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Senior Marching Knights: Samantha Haas, Jake Gould, Warren King, Catherine Marino, Nick Petrarca, Izzy Bonvini, Ryan Schindler, Alexus Rodriguez, Elena Ragusa


Marching Knights Impress at Hanover Park

Second Place in 2 Open and Overall, With an Impressive 90.35 Score!

The Marching Knights improved 5.5 points from the Ramsey Competition for a strong 90.35 score at Hanover Park on Saturday October 13, securing 2nd place Overall and 2nd place in Group 2 Open.

Drum Majors and Section Leaders await Group 2 Open final scores at Hanover Park

Drum Majors and Section Leaders await Group 2 Open final scores at Hanover Park

Hard work pays off, as the Knights are positioned well for the Chapter X Championships to be held right at home at West Essex on Sunday October 21.  Click here for more scoring information on the Tournament of Bands 2018 Competition season.

Annual Band KNight & Pizza Dinner

Middle School Band Joins the Marching Knights for Friday Night Football

The annual Band KNight, where the Middle School Band joins up with the Marching Knights for Pizza and Football was held on Friday October 12.  A pizza dinner, sponsored by the West Essex Band Boosters preceded the game, after which the Middle School took to the stands to play along side their upperclassman peers.  And play they did – as the Football Knights gave them many opportunities to perform “Come On Boys”, handily beating Caldwell 42 – 3.  Great performance by the future Marching Knights!

Mr. Fitzke leads the Middle School Band in "Come On Boys" after a touchdown, as the Marching Knights are preparing for their Half Time show

Mr. Fitzke leads the Middle School Band in “Come On Boys” after a touchdown, as the Marching Knights are preparing for their Half Time show