SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School band was not able to perform on the stage in the auditorium, so they had a different stage.  The performers took their instruments outside to perform “en plein air.”

Band teacher Deborah Gianuzzi said, the 7 p.m. front porch concerts were followed by a live Google Meet to celebrate and recognize the senior band members. 

During the video conference, Gianuzzi said the annual band and jazz awards were announced. 

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Seniors:

  • Sean Ailara
  • Dom Candeloro
  • Daniella Cassano
  • Kaitlyn Chavez
  • Kassidy Chavez
  • Kae DeGiovanni
  • Camryn Gundry
  • Logan Hanek
  • Pat Lynch
  • Andrew Maasbach
  • Zander Papandrikos
  • Sarah Ramirez
  • Alex Ramos
  • Lorenzo Rendina
  • Max Rivielle
  • Tom Scheri
  • Joe Shnyder
  • Lisette Stoute
  • Eric Vincelette
  • Rob Whalen
  • Emily Yarnall

Gianuzzi and Band Teacher Andrew Lopez announced the annual band and jazz awards during the virtual meeting as well. 

  • Symphonic Band Director's Award: Alex Ramos
  • Wind Ensemble Director's Award: Lisette Stoute
  • Blues Inc! Director's Award: Rob Whalen
  • Blues Sanction Director's Award: Kae DeGiovanni
  • Quincy Jones Award: Zander Papandrikos
  • Louis Armstrong Award: Lorenzo Rendina
  • John Philip Sousa Award: Emily Yarnall
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“I hope this helps to lift spirits,” Gianuzzi said.