MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morristown High School senior Joseph Caputo and Morristown Beard senior Zachary Esposito were students honored by the Mayo Performing Arts Center as Music Students of the Month for Outstanding Percussionits. Students from schools based in Morristown, Randolph, , Kinnelon, Mendham, Boonton, New Vernon, Roxbury and Parsippany were honored prior to the Saturday, January 20 performance by Recycled Percussion.

"Joseph has  been involved in all aspects of the Band Program and he has become a respected upperclassmen in the Music Department", said Michael Russo.  "Joseph is the Principal Percussionist in the Morristown HS Wind Ensemble, a Hornist in the MHS Symphonic Band and a Section Leader for the Marching band.  He is a drummer with the Spectrum Jazz Ensemble and will also be performing in the Pit Orchestra.  He also performs with the Mantra Youth Percussion Ensemble, the Rutgers Youth Percussion Ensemble and the Delbarton School Abbey Orchestra.  Joseph plans to study music in college".

Dr. John Girvin nominated Esposito. He said "Zachary has been an active participant in the Morristown-Beard School Performing Arts Department his entire high school career.  In that time, he has been an indispensable member of the MBS Jazz Ensemble, playing drum set with remarkable talent and intensity.  His high level of musicality has really enabled the band to swing wonderfully.  He has an innate sense of time, and is able to switch between styles and tempos in a professional manner.  Zach has been featured drum set soloist in many of the band's selections, and is able to play both prepared and improvised solos with great ease.  In addition to his playing in the jazz idiom, Zach is a truly modern drummer, as best exemplified in his work with the MBS Contemporary Music Workshop Concerts.  These concerts of present-day rock and pop music are student-led and rehearsed, and he has been a tremendous leader.  Zach is also adept on mallets, and has been featured as a marimba soloist with the MBS Percussion Ensemble as well as with the Jazz Ensemble.  Finally, Zach has been a fine mentor to the younger drummers in these ensembles, and he has been a terrific help in class getting these students up to speed".

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Students were nominated by their teachers based on their commitment and excellence in performing arts. 

The Music Students for the month are:  

Ryan Borinski
Grade 8, Randolph Middle School

Braeden Carroll
Grade 8, Pearl R. Miller Middle School; Kinnelon

Laura Fagan
Grade 8, Mountain View Middle School; Mendham 

Joseph Hecht
Grade 10, Randolph High School

Jack Liska
Grade 7, John Hill School; Boonton

Gavin McGinn
Grade 8, Harding Township School; New Vernon

Jonah Nack
Grade 12, Roxbury High School; Roxbury

Rahul Nair
Grade 7, Brooklawn Middle School; Parsippany;

Romelo (RJ) Paguntalan
Grade 11, Parsippany High School; Parsippany

Matthew Vollmuth
Grade 12, West Morris Mendham High School; Mendham


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