WARREN, NJ - Two weeks ago the music of Warren Middle School students rang throughout the halls for two consecutive evenings. Family, friends, and the community were treated to an array of songs by band, orchestra and chorus members.
The 7th and 8th grade band, under the direction of Mrs. Diane McCloskey, played music from John Williams’ outstanding marches including Raiders March, Star Wars, the Olympics Spirit March and Midway March. They also played The Magic of Harry Potter featuring themes from all eight Harry Potter motion pictures. Soloists for the evening included Linda Ye, clarinet, Lindsey Shi, flute, Timothe Iroudayassamy, alto saxophone and David Brewster and Carl Peterson, trumpet. One of the most outstanding pieces of the evening was based on a speech by President Lincoln called 'The Last Full Measure' and included music from that time period. Piccolo soloists for this piece were Lindsey Shi and Taylor Burton. Many students were honored as well. The 8th grade Outstanding Music Award went to Jack Horan and Peri Martins. The Director's Award for Band went to Lindsey Shi and the Most Improved Band Member went to Bobby Fippinger. The 7th grade Director's Award for Band went to Alan Lin.
The 6th grade band and Jazz Band were directed by Mr. Joel Van Tine. Over forty 6th graders played The Noise in the Basement (Brad Ciechomski), When The Wind Whispers (Rom Romeyn) and Hercules vs. Hydra (Scott Watson). The Jazz Band got the audience going with Rutabaga Ramble (Michael Sweeney), One Sixty Blue (Beach & Shutack) and Last Dance (Sorenson & Pearson).
Both orchestras, directed by Mr. John Seremula Jr., performed to an excited audience. The 6th grade orchestra began the evening program with three selections which included “Medieval Kings”, “Song of Peace”, a traditional Hebrew song, and finished with “Rite of Stonehenge”. The 7th and 8th grade orchestra performed the following pieces: “Concerto Grosso” a Baroque selection, “The Hunger Games” and “Pirates of the Caribbean”, very popular movie hits, “River Flows In You”, “The King of Pop” and “Last Friday Night(TGIF)/ Edge of Glory”, all popular songs. Catherine Chen and Eris Ulaj were recognized with special plaques. These accomplished musicians made the Region II Intermediate Orchestra and NJ State Intermediate Orchestra this year.
The Warren Middle School Chorus, comprised of over 100 students, is directed by Amy Jensen. The 7th and 8th grade chorus began with a medley of African American spirituals called Trouble which highlighted their vocal abilities. The chorus then performed a Spanish piece entitled Cantar! and an a cappella version of the popular song Royals by Lorde (with modified lyrics). The 6th grade chorus joined in to sing James Taylor's song, Shed a Little Light and Bob Marley's, One Love. To end the concert, the 6th grade sang the Baroque piece Sing for Joy! (Handel) and an American folk song called Boatmen Stomp. For the finale, the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade chorus members sang the Imagine Dragons song Radioactive. This was a dramatic production complete with flashlight choreography and a disco ball, as well as glow wristbands to create a special effect in the audience! The audience was very enthusiastic about all the music selections, especially the final piece. The talent displayed by the many soloists and chorus members who participated in this year's ensembles was impressive.