ROSELLE PARK, NJ – Rain and balmy weather will no longer be an issue for the Roselle Park High School Marching Band. The Roselle Park High School Marching Band will be fitted for new rain gear, thanks to the generous help of many Roselle Park residents and an initiative by the local non-profit group Roselle Park 24/7. 

“We are thrilled that we surpassed our goal and had the opportunity to help out the band,” said Thos Shipley, Roselle Park 24/7 Executive Director. “To see the delight in the student’s faces when they know their community cares, is priceless.”

The “Jazz Up The Rain Gear” kickoff event was held at Climax Brewery in Roselle Park. The event included taste and tours provided by Roselle Park resident and owner David Hoffman and a jazz performance by none other than Thos Shipley. The event raised over $800. Additional donations from residents, family and alumni found the group only three sponsorships shy of surpassing their $2015 mark. Dowlings Irish Pub and Restaurant the newest business in the Borough, helped the Marching Band cross the goal line with the last of 3 sponsorships.

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"I'm very proud of our band and guard members, said Bob Masucci, Roselle Park High School Band Director. “We try to teach our members that what we do is not only for ourselves or our high school but for our community as a whole, representing what makes Roselle Park a great place to live.” 

He continued, “This sponsorship program and fundraiser showed our members how they are supported by their town and people who appreciate what they do. I think they learned from you guys, Joe and Thos, how community involvement, getting out there and working together can get things done to achieve goals. Thank you Joe and Thos for creating the Roselle Park 24/7 "It MATAs" - Music and The Arts initiative and thank you to everyone who donated for supporting the arts in our schools."

Roselle Park 24/7 “It MATAs” (Music And The Arts) initiative provides financial assistance through fundraising efforts to support music and arts programs.

RPHS Marching Band Alum and Roselle Park 24/7 Executive Director, Joe DeIorio, said, “This is what Roselle Park 24/7 is all about, bringing people together to common causes that increases pride in our community.”

For more information about Roselle Park 24/7 or to donate, go to

Roselle Park 24/7 is an initiative of Roselle 24/7 an IRS 501(c) 3 non-profit, focused on the needs of Roselle Park. Funds raised by Roselle Park 24/7 go towards programs for Roselle Park.

Photos Courstesy of Joe DeIorio.