FAIR LAWN, NJ – Fair Lawn High School’s Cutter Marching Band has been nominated by Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) to march as the Official Representative for the State of New Jersey in the 2021 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C.
“I am very proud of all of the students, staff and parents whose tireless efforts over many years have brought about this tremendous opportunity for the Fair Lawn High School Marching Band to represent the state of New Jersey in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C.,” said Jamie Szeinberg, FLHS Marching Band and Indoor Director, who added he was completely surprised by the nomination.
The selection process is solely nominated through Gottheimer’s office and is not by application.
The 2021 National Memorial Day Parade is the Official Memorial Day Parade of the United States, and the invitation is extended by the official producers of the parade: American Veterans Center, the National Park Service, and Music Celebrations International. This event is the Official Memorial Day Parade of the United States; attended by more than 500 hundred thousand spectators along the parade route; nationally televised to millions across the entire United States, and live streamed to the U.S. Armed Forces worldwide.
“As they march in our nation's capital on Memorial Day 2021, scores of Americans and our brave armed forces members will see what we know already... our FLHS band is a sight to behold!” said Principal Paul Gorski, Fair Lawn High School. “Congratulations to Director Szeinberg, the FLHS marching band staff, our student musicians and their families for promoting excellence in our program year after year. Special thanks to Congressman Gottheimer for his recognition and support of our FLHS marching band!”
“Fair Lawn is a community and school district that prides itself on the performing arts and to have this honor bestowed upon us to represent New Jersey makes me extremely proud as superintendent!” said Fair Lawn Superintendent Nick Norcia.
The FLHS Marching Band is composed of approximately 67 students in grades 8-12 and includes the Color Guard (flags, rifles and sabres), Brass (trumpets, mellophones, baritones, and tubas), Woodwinds (flutes, clarinets, and saxophones), Drumline (snare drum, quads, bass drum, and tom drums), and Front Ensemble (mariba, vibraphone, xylophone, bells, synethesizer, drum set, auxiliary percussion, and drum major).
The FLHS Cutter Marching Band has many notable accomplishments. At the USBands National Championships they finished top five for the last five years and the percussion ensemble finished in first place the last three years. At the Winter Guard International (WGI), Indoor Percussion captured the following titles: 2019 Percussion Scholastic Open 4th Place; 2017 Percussion Scholastic A World Champions. In 2018, the Indoor Color Guard was crowned the WGI South Brunswick Regional A Class Champions.
Though it’s early in the process and students are processing their excitement, Band Director Szeinberg said band members will need to put in extra rehearsal time to “put our best foot forward to prepare for this tremendous honor” and will most likely perform a patriotic medley.
“Fair Lawn is a community and school district that prides itself on the performing arts and to have this honor bestowed upon us to represent New Jersey makes me extremely proud as superintendent!” Norcia said. For more information on the parade website: American Veteran Center. National Memorial Day 2019 Trailer: Youtube.com.