WEST ORANGE, NJ — The award-winning West Orange High School Marching Mountaineers have been hard at work on their 2020 routine, to be debuted at the first football game against St. Peter’s Prep on Oct. 2.

In addition to strict COVID-19 protocols throughout the summer, the annual Marching Band Camp was canceled. The Mountaineers will only perform at home games and will not travel. All competitions will be held virtually and the annual WOHS Marching Band competition has been canceled.

The Music Boosters purchased specially made masks for the musicians and performers that allow them to play their instruments.

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This year’s program is entitled “Don’t Stop Us Now,” and features the music of Queen. Songs will include “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “We Will Rock You,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “We Are the Champions.”

Here is the list of this season’s captains and crews.



Staff Band Director – Lewis Kelly

Associate Band Director – Erin Lagatic

 Assistant Band Directors – Michael Denburg, Andrea Rommel

Percussion Instruction – Chris Tarantino

Color Guard Instruction – Kevin Schlear, Christina Doherty, Brianna Todman

Marching Instruction – Chris Cubias, Matthew Pouy, Katie Westerlund, Joshua Zimmer

Drill Design – Scott Tomlin

Show Coordinator – Louis Hellinger


Student Leaders

Drum Majors – Sheldon Senek III and Ayush Narain

Color Guard Captains – Kayleen Hernandez and Devin Triplin

Percussion Captains – Jack Klausner, Rose Murphy-Braunstein, and Nate Vinoya


Past Accomplishments

Past Honors: 1995 USBands 2 A Champions, 1999 USBands Group IV A Champions, 2004 USSBA Group 5 Open Championships – 3rd Place & Semper Fidelis Award, 2005 USSBA Group V Open NJ State Champs, 2005 USSBA Group 5 Open Championships 2 nd Place and Best Marching, 2006 USSBA Group V Open NJ State Champs, 2007 USSBA Group 5 Open Champion Color Guard, 2007 Bands of America Regional Finalist, 2009 USSBA Group V Open NJ State Champions, 2009 USSBA Northern Regional Champions, 2010 USSBA Group V Open – 3 rd Place, 2011 USSBA Group V Open 2 nd Place, 2014 V Open Yamaha Cup Champions, 2016 USBands Group V A NJ State Champions, 2016 USBands Group V A National Champions, 2017 NJSM