MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Sunday was filled with music in Maplewood, with the Hilton neighborhood's second annual Porchfest and a performance by the U.S. Army Field Band and Chorus in Memorial Park.
More than 30 homes participated in Porchfest, with live performances taking place on porches and driveways, with styles ranging from jazz to blues to singalongs.
The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus, which features over 90 musicians and vocalists and is the oldest and largest of the Field Band's four performing entities, performed a free concert in the Memorial Park amphitheater Sunday evening, with a wide-ranging selection of patriotic favorites, popular songs, and classical works.
Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca, accompanied by Committee Members Nancy Adams and Dean Dafis, welcomed all, thanked the band for coming to Maplewood, and wished everyone an enjoyable evening.
Andrew Fishman, Maplewood's Director of Cultural Affairs, also spoke, sharing with the audience that it was a three year wait for the band to be able to include Maplewood in their tour schedule.
Students from Columbia High School joined the band for part of the performance as well.
"We are thrilled and excited for our outstanding musicians to have the opportunity to perform with this world-class ensemble," said Peter F. Bauer, Columbia High School Director of Bands, in an earlier statement. "One of our goals is to provide our students with the finest experiences in music possible, and they don't get much better than to perform with the Army Band and Soldier's Chorus."
All Porchfest photos courtesy of Carl Patterson.