MILLTOWN, NJ - The Milltown Fourth of July Marching Band was gathered in the backyard of Milltown Fourth of July Committee member Neil Marotta waiting for their 11 a.m. concert to go live via the borough's YouTube channel and the Milltown Fourth of July Committee's Facebook page. The 20 plus member band is made up of musicians across the ages including Joyce Kilmer students as well as former and current Spotswood High School band members. The marching band is a Milltown Fourth of July parade mainstay and always gets a huge cheer from parade goers when they pass by along the route.
The complete ensemble of the2020 Milltown Fourth of July Marching Band includes Dan Pinnella, Michael Pinnella, Jennifer Pinnella, Mike Pinnella, Wayne Pulda, Jay Maluta, Sean Wessen, Nikki Wessen, Don Wessen, Jacob Wright-Piersanti, Melanie Miller, Dave Miller, Sarah Marotta, Kathleen Garvey, Kevin Ehresman, Emily Mosquera, John Hoban, Solomon Tyson, Christopher Velez, Giselle Velez, Florisel Velez, Amy LaVeglio, Linda Bahouth, Andrew Faulkenberry, Stephen Faulkenberry, Jeff Smith, Jake Torrisi, Justin Torrisi, Laura Torrisi, Rob Torrisi, Ali Bianco, Charles Bianco, Chuck Bianco, Zack Lawryk and Nick Lawryk.
After warming up with their traditional selections, the band gave a four-song performance that was broadcast live as a part of the Milltown Fourth of July Committee's virtual July 4 celebration. Afterwards the group walked up Van Liew toward Silver Line Drive. Van Liew is normally where the committee stages the Fourth of July parade participants. The band turned around and was led up the block by the car of Milltown Fourth of July Committee President Dave Potter. The group gave Van Liew residents an impromptu concert of patriotic songs much as they would have if this year's annual parade had not been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Residents came outside with their cellphones to video the marching band or snap photos. Many held flags and sat on the curb to watch and wave as the band passed by.
The Milltown Fourth of July Committee kicked off the day's virtual schedule in Potter's backyard earlier this morning. The marching band was the third event of the busy Fourth of July that would conclude with a special "Light up the Sky" event at 9 p.m. Residents and Fourth of July lovers can tune into the festivities on Milltown's YouTube channel.