SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -The South Plainfield Tigers Marching Band took home three awards at the first competition of the season, and the first led by band director Ryan Dore.
At the competition, which was held at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on September 19, the students came in third place in their category, which is determined by the number of band members. They also won the award for best music for their 2015 show Mangione Magic, which showcases the songs of jazz musician Chuck Mangione. The big surprise came at the end of the awards presentation, when it was announced that the band had won the Mayor’s Trophy, an honor that celebrates outstanding attitude and student conduct.
“I’m so proud of the hard work from the entire band,” said Dore. “They have formed a group that works together to achieve at a very high level, and I have high hopes for the remainder of the season.”
The band is judged on music as individuals, music as an ensemble, technique and overall effect.
“At band camp, we worked very hard to define our sound and style of marching with basic marching technique every day, and as a result, the band came away with their highest score in visual performance,” Dore said.
Dore took over the position from longtime band director Roger A. Vroom III, who is now assistant principal at South Plainfield High School. A native of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Dore earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Grove City College in Grove City, Pa. He attended the University of Texas at El Paso as a graduate teaching assistant, where he taught beginning conducting classes, brass pedagogy and conducted the concert band and symphonic winds. He received his master’s degree from the university in 2014 Last year, he began his teaching career at SPHS as a substitute for Vroom, who was an interim supervisor at Grant School. Dore lives in Hawthorne with his wife Anna, an elementary school music teacher in Rivervale.
“I am so grateful to continue on here as a full time member of the teaching community in South Plainfield,” he said. “I look forward to being a part of this great community and to show South Plainfield how talented their students are.”