WARREN, NJ - Four groups of student musicians, the 10-piece Brass in Black group, the 26-piece String Orchestra, the 45-piece Wind Ensemble, and the 63-piece Concert Band, performed before an audience of family, friends, classmates, school officials and the general public at the annual Instrumental Spring Concert, Wednesday, June 4, in the Performing Arts Center at Watchung Hills Regional High School.
In addition, the winners of several senior awards were announced, with the honors going to: Lucy Bolognese of Millington, who plays flute; Philip Biesiadecki of Watchung, who plays percussion; Anastasia Rick of Stirling, who plays trumpet and is the graduating senior drum major; and Genevieve Cullen of Warren Township, who is a member of the Color Guard.
Rick was also named the winner of the John Philip Sousa Award, which is chosen by the band students to honor the student who “contributed the most to the success of the band program.”
Band Director and conductor David Udell also announced that sophomore Alyssa Rosenblum of Millington, who plays clarinet, has been named the junior drum major for next year. She will join junior Katie Remington of Gillette, who will move from junior to senior drum major next year.
Udell said that the selection was made difficult this year because there were so many “excellent candidates.” “Any choice would have been an excellent choice,” he said, because there are so many excellent students from which to choose.
At the concert, Brass in Black, under the direction of Bonnie Burgdorf, played three selections from composer John Wasson, “Fly With Me,” “Heartland,” and “Chillin’ Out.”
The String Orchestra performed: Two pieces by Joseph Haydn, “Menuetto from Quartet Opus 64. No. 5” and “Allegro con brio from Quartet Opus 54 No. 1;” a piece by Ottorino Respighi, “Antique Dances and Airs;” and Johann Strauss’ “Fiedermaus Waltzes.”
The Concert Band performed: “Overature in B flat,” by Caesar Giovanni; “Finale from Lincolnshire Posey,” by Percy Grainger; Semper Fidelis,” by John Philip Sousa; and “Variation Overture,” by Clifton Williams.
The Wind Ensemble concluded the concert with: “Havendance,” by David R. Holsinger; “Suite of Old American Dances,” by Robert Russell Bennett; and “Salute to American Jazz,” by Sammy Nestico.