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

The Marching Knights are UNTAMED!

Best Music! Best Visual! 84.85 At Ramsey Competition

An incredible performance at the Ramsey Competition on Saturday September 29, 2018 secured the Marching Knights a First Place rating, Best Music, and Best Visuals, in Group 2 Open with a score of 84.85 – nearly 7 points higher than at Jefferson!  The Knights were second overall out of 14 Bands, with only 0.25 separating them from the first place overall Band.

Mr. Fabrizio watches from the sidelines as the Knights impress

Mr. Fabrizio watches from the sidelines as the Knights impress

First Place, Best Music, Best Visual for the Marching Knights

First Place, Best Music, Best Visual for the Marching Knights

A special shout out to the Pit Crew for a great job unloading the trailer and assembling props in a very tight space at Ramsey and in record time!  Thanks to all the Parents who come out for every performance to support the Band!

Congratulations to Mr. Fabrizio, the Staff, and the Marching Knights!

On to Hanover Park!

Competition Ad Journal Sales – Deadline is September 28

Final Week for TOB Chapter X Championship Ad Journal Sales

This is the last week to solicit ads for the 2018 Tournament of Bands Chapter X Ad Journal!  Ad Journal Sales not only support the Home Competition, but help raise funds for all Band Programs throughout the school year.

Mickey with Sign

Remember that 30% of student sales goes directly to their Band Account – a great way to help pay for reeds, valve oil, supplies, and – of course – DISNEY!

So don’t delay – every ad sale helps!  Click here to access the ad journal application form, or click here to visit the TOB Chapter X section of our website for more information.

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).

Breakfast

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.

Pit Crew

 

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