Nine Students Win Seats in North Jersey Area Band Auditions!

The West Essex High School Band Program is well represented in this year’s North Jersey Area Band.  Nine students successfully auditioned and will be performing at the annual concert on Saturday January 11, 2020 at 2:00pm at Mount Olive High School.  The Wind Ensemble will be conducted by Professor Darryl J. Bott, Director of University Bands at Rutgers University (and former Band Director at West Essex High School, 1982-1988), while the Symphonic Band will be led by Mr. Jarred Mattes, Band Director at Kittatinny Regional High School.

The West Essex Band Boosters congratulate the following students and all those who auditioned. We applaud your determination, drive and dedication! Click here for more information on North Jersey Area Band.

  • Jim Alamia, Junior – Symphonic Band – Timpani
  • James Humphrey, Sophomore – Symphonic Band – 4th Chair Bass Clarinet
  • Gianna Lodato, Freshman – Symphonic Band – 2nd Chair Percussion
  • Andrew Marino, Sophomore – Wind Ensemble – 1st Chair Mallets
  • Caroline McElhannon, Sophomore – Symphonic Band – 6th Chair – 2nd Flute Part
  • Ryan Polizzi, Sophomore – Symphonic Band – 1st Chair Trombone
  • Gabriel Ruszala, Junior – Wind Ensemble – 1st Chair Trombone
  • TJ Viola, Senior – Wind Ensemble – 1st Chair French Horn
  • Julia Zon, Junior – Symphonic Band – 4th Chair Percussion

Caldwell University Honor Band Concert Held

We further congratulate the following 18 students who were recently selected to participate in the Caldwell University Honor Band.  These students performed in the annual concert, held on Friday December 6, 2019, under the direction of Professor Rebecca Vega, Instructor of Music at Caldwell University.

  • Anthony Penna, Ava Franchi, Domenic Mangiarelli, Emily Hahn, Ethan Miskulin, Gillian Rodgers, James Humphrey, Joseph Matarazzo, Kathryn Trupia, Lea Bachenheimer, Michael Ragusa, Nicholas Stampone, Samara Schiffman, Sean Jenison, Sephanie Freda, Tiana Pimentel, TJ Viola, Yasmin Cardoso

Congratulations to all!