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Spotswood High School Pep Band Rocks NJ Devils Game

The Spotswood High School Pep Band performed on the main concourse of the Prudential Center at the November 12 NJ Devils game. Credits: Dawn Miller
Spotswood High School Band Director Sarah Carino-Koza and Devin Ryan play keyboard with the school's Pep Band. Credits: Dawn Miller
Percussionists from the Spotswood High School Pep Band perform. Credits: Dawn Miller

NEWARK, NJ - The Spotswood High School Pep Band entertained New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres fans at their Saturday, November 12 matchup at the Prudential Center. Under the direction of SHS Band Director, Sarah Carino-Koza the group of musicians, which also included Appleby Band Director Michael Bartlett, took center stage on the main concourse between the second and third periods. At first the crowd included Spotswood High School band parents and families who had made the trip to Newark to see the teens play. However, it only took a song before they started to attract the attention of hockey fans that left their seats in search of refreshments.

The Pep Band played a selection of upbeat tunes that was a sampling of their varied repertoire. Their set list included classics like James Brown's "I Feel Good," ACDC's "Back in Black," Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train," Ray Charles' 'What I'd Say," the Commodores' "Brick House," the Ides of March's "Vehicle" and Black Sabbath's "War Pigs." The growing crowd enjoyed the toe-tapping music while parents captured the moment on their cell phones.

The Pep Band has been rehearsing since the end of August with weekly Monday night practices. They play at every home and away football game for the Chargers varsity football team who recently concluded their fall season and make an annual performance at Spotswood's Memorial Day Parade in May

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Carino-Koza has been the band director at Spotswood High School for the past fourteen years. Besides Pep Band, music students can also audition to be a part of the SHS Jazz Band. Students can participate in Concert Band, which is a part of the music curriculum, and audition to be a  member of the Honors Wind Ensemble. Several members of the  Honors Wind Ensemble will be performing with the Central Jersey Wind Ensemble, which is a professional company, on Saturday, December 10.

Besides their performance, the Pep Band also got to enjoy the hockey game, which the Devils won 4-2. Their bus ride home was slightly delayed when the driver had some difficulty maneuvering out of the space after being sandwiched in between two other coach buses. However, with the help of a couple of Newark police officers, the group was soon on their way back to Spotswood after a successful final performance for 2016.

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