July 23, 2014 at 6:30 AM
MONTCLAIR, NJ - Approximately 150 people sat on the Montclair High School lawn this evening in chairs and on blankets enjoying the last Montclair Community Band concert of the season. Musicians of all ages lead by conductor Jim Wasko, band director at Montclair High since 1998, played the music of Leroy Anderson.
Opening with the "Ticonderoga March," followed by "Home Stretch" and several other upbeat songs by the American composer of light concert music, the band received much applause. Only one outstanding composition was not by Anderson. It was Robert Sheldon’s "Longford Legend."
Special performances by Harry Hipwell, a 23-year-old MSU Graduate, playing “Trumpeter’s Lullaby” and Nick Cela, playing “The Typewriter” were highlights of the evening, as was the percussion section performing “The Sandpaper Ballet”.
When the conductor noted it was 86 degrees outside this evening, he brought down the temperature a bit by playing Sleigh Ride, after which many of the musicians surprised him with a snow shower of Styrofoam balls.
French horn player, Lauren Olivola from Rutherford, who recently joined the band, told me, “Music is my life”. She said, “Although this is the last summer concert, we start rehearsals in September for our winter concerts”. Lauren also stated, “There’s always room for more. If you know anyone who wants to join, tell them to call our band manager, Barbara Rudy.”
For more information:
Band Manager Barbara Rudy at 973-744-1454