SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School Music Department hosted their annual end-of-the year banquet on May 16 at the Spotswood High School Cafetorium. Spotswood High School Band Director Sarah Carino-Koza served as emcee for the event, which recognized the students in the school's Concert Band, Honors Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and Pep Band.
Students must audition to be a part of the program's Honors Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. The evening spotlighted the school's performance in April's Music in the Parks in Williamsburg, Virginia where the Concert Band, Honors Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band competed against other high school bands in North America.
The Jazz Band received a rating of excellent and placed fourth in Jazz Ensemble Class A while the Concert Band received a rating of excellent, placing first in Concert Band Class A II. The Honors Wind Ensemble received a rating of superior and placed second in Concert Band Class A I. The Honors Wind Ensemble's score of 94 was the highest score in the history of the Spotswood music program.
Carino-Koza also took a moment to highlight each of the program's graduating seniors. The veteran music educator gave each senior a personal remembrance of their time in music program. In turn, the seniors had heartfelt words for their teacher as well as a noteworthy gift. Carino-Koza received a wall clock in the shape of a musical note for her music room to replace the two wall clocks that do not work.
The following students were honored with individual awards for the 2017-18 school year: