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MWBI Music Festival At Roxbury, April 21

A Guest Band performing on stage at MWBI 2016 Credits: Photo Courtesy Jeff Bouvier
RHS Director of Bands Jeffry Conrad conducting the Roxbury Concert Band at MWBI 2017 Credits: Photo Courtesy Jeff Bouvier
The Metropolitan Wind Band Invitational At Roxbury High School, Saturday April 21st from 9am-8pm Credits: Mike Mangano

ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School, Music for All, and the Roxbury Band Parents Association (RHSBPA) are pleased and proud to announce the Fifth Annual Metropolitan Wind Band Invitational (MWBI) Saturday, April 21 in the Roxbury High School Auditorium, 1 Bryant Drive, in Succasunna, NJ.

This all-day music festival will be filled with 18 performances by several of the regions most accomplished High School wind ensembles and orchestras, and a closing performance by the Eastern Wind Symphony. All performing groups were invited to participate in this prestigious event based on their past achievements and continued commitment to musical and performance excellence.

This year’s Metropolitan Wind Band Invitational kicks off at Roxbury High School Auditorium with the first performance by the Roxbury Concert Band at 9:00 am and will conclude at 7:15 pm with a 45-minute concert by the Eastern Wind Symphony.

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Admission to the Festival is $10 Adults, $5 Seniors/Students and a special family rate of $25 for a family of 4 or more (2 adults and 2 + children). Concessions will be available for purchase on-site, and there is free parking.  The public is welcome to come and enjoy concerts throughout the day by a total of 19 ensembles, including The West Morris Mendham Wind Ensemble, The Mount Olive Wind Ensemble, The Hillsboough Wind Ensemble, and the JP Stevens Wind Ensemble, and several regional High School ensembles from West Orange, Bridgewater, Bergenfield and in between.  

Not only will attendees be treated to rousing symphonic and orchestral performances, but the festival also functions as a non-competitive performance and learning experience for the participating schools. Each performance will be critiqued in an evaluation session after their performance by a panel of extremely experienced and distinguished music professionals who are highly regarded and accomplished throughout the United States.

MWBI evaluators this year include; Craig Kirchoff, Professor of Conducting and Director of Bands Emeritus at the University of Minnesota, Denny Stokes of George Mason University who is the founding Conductor of the Northern Virginia Symphonic Winds, Michael Votta Jr. Director of Bands and Professor at the University of Maryland, Scott A. Jones Associate Professor of Music and Associate Director of Bands at the School of Music at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, Scott Teeple, Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin, and Conductor, The Winds of Wisconsin, and Colonel Michael Colburn, former Director Presidents Own Marine Band, Butler University. For more information on this year’s adjudicators and the 2018 MWBI festival please go to

Roxbury High School’s Director of Bands Jeffrey Conrad adds, “We are delighted to partner with Music for All to present the 5th Annual Metropolitan Wind Band Invitational! This festival features 18 local bands and orchestras working with six of the finest conductors, musicians, and educators in the nation. Our festival is non-competitive and will allow all those involved, students and teachers alike, the chance to learn and grow as well as to celebrate their musical achievement in an incredibly warm and supportive environment.”

MWBI 2018 Chair and Roxbury High School Band Parent Association Mike Mangano added “For those that appreciate music in schools, the annual Metropolitan Wind Band Invitational held at Roxbury High School is a great place to come and listen to some of the finest music that high school students perform.  This non-competitive event is a place for schools from all around NJ-NY metro area to come and play music for audiences, and adjudicators alike, and after the bands perform they are placed into a clinic to help improve upon their performance. “

Mr. Mangano also thanks the Roxbury Communities support of the Metropolitan Wind Band Invitational and Roxbury’s Music Program District wide; “The support from the local community for the arts program in Roxbury is second to none.  So many local businesses support the Roxbury Band program through generous donations that allows the Roxbury Band Parents Association to support the band program where the school funding stops short.  This is a great way to keep music in schools and in our lives.   “


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