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.
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!)
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
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.
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!
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 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!
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
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!
GABRIEL RUSZALA SUCCESSFULLY AUDITIONS FOR NJ ALL-STATE JAZZ ENSEMBLE!
Freshman Gabriel Ruszala successfully auditioned for the New Jersey All-State Jazz Ensemble on Monday, May 7th. Gabriel is one of only three trombone players accepted into the group this year. The All-State Jazz Ensemble is a highly selective ensemble made up of the top auditioned students from the entire of state of New Jersey.
Gabriel is a member of the West Essex HS Symphonic Winds, Marching Knights, Jazz Knights and won in auditions for both New Jersey Region and Area Band over the course of this school year.
THIRTEEN WEST ESSEX MUSICIANS PERFORM WITH HONORS ENSEMBLE
Back L to R: Tom Egan, Warren King, Ahren Alberto, Nick Stampone, Willie Noto, Catherine Marino, Lea Bachenheimer, Mr. Fabrizio; Front L to R: Gabriella Benevenga, Yasmin Cardoso, Isabella Bonvini, Kiana Bronder; Not Pictured: Anthony Fermo, Julia Zon
Thirteen West Essex High School Band members were nominated to participate in the 2018 Essex County Honors Band, an ensemble of over 100 outstanding musicians from nine High Schools across Essex County. The concert was held on Wednesday April 25, 2018 at West Essex.
Dr. Joseph Higgins, Director of Bands for Rowan University, conducted various pieces which included Flourish for Wind Band, by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Salvation is Created by P. Tschesnokaoff, Simple Gifts by Frank Ticheli, and Cafe 512 by Ryan George.
The West Essex Band Boosters provided healthy snacks for all the students during their full day rehearsal at West Essex, preceding the concert. Congratulations to all!
ENSEMBLE EARNS A SCORE OF 94 TO PLACE FIRST IN INDOOR PERCUSSION CHAMPIONSHIPS
Indoor Percussionists receive the 1st Place trophy and banner at the USBands Indoor Championships
The West Essex Indoor Percussion Ensemble won 1st Place at their Championship competition held at South Brunswick High School on April 8, 2018. The group earned a score of 94 in Scholastic A Standstill Percussion to finish at their highest this season!
Congratulations to all the musicians and instructors Ms McAloon and Mr. Gerbasi!
Visit the US Bands website for more information on this competition and click here to see more pictures on our Photos page!