CRANFORD, NJ – For the seventh straight year, Daniel Chernosky has been the Director of the Cranford High School (CHS) Marching Band. The band is composed of 65 members, with 40 wind and brass instruments, 12 percussionists, 8 color guard members and 5 individuals in the pit (the pit is the stationery percussion ensemble).
The CHS band has a full schedule each season, not just getting the fans motivated at weekly football games, including away games and playoff games, but via competitions too. The CHS Band Marching Band also attends competitions, five this year, starting in early August and running through the end of October.
Just this past Sunday, Oct. 4, they took the field at J.P. Stevens High School in Edison competing with their show titled, “Pandora Reopened” by Randall D. Standridge. The group finished in third place with 78.65 points, a significant increase over prior performances. Drum major Mallory Vollbrecht, a junior, led the band onto the field and gave direction. Senior member Alex Milan and Junior Sydney Sweet performed solos at each end of the show.
Chernosky, also a music teacher at CHS, commented on his approach, “My focus is in line with our districts' mission statement especially with regards to individualization and personalization. It is my intent to give everyone the best education I can while working hard and hopefully enjoying the process.”
Editor's Note - One of the contributors to this article is Kyle Benor, a Senior at Cranford High School, who submitted this topic of interest to TAP into Cranford.