VERONA, NJ – Two H.B. Whitehorne Middle School students performed in the North Jersey School Music Association Region Honors Band Concert on March 6.

Anna Konrad-Parisi and Max Handler were among 150 students in grades 7-9 who were selected to perform in the concert.  In order to be accepted to the ensemble, students had to learn a myriad of scales, perform selections from a solo and sight-read music they had never seen before. According to Brian Michalowski, the students’ band teacher, the auditions are incredibly competitive yet Konrad-Parisi and Handler were the top two scorers on Baritone Saxophone.

The Ensemble prepared four challenging pieces of music for the concert and each member was responsible for ensuring they came to rehearsals prepared.  As the director of the band noted, “The student’s job was to learn their part at home and then come to rehearsal to learn all of the other parts.”

“Some of the hardest working young musicians do not get accepted to this group,” Michalowski said.  “Anna and Max should really be proud of their work before the audition, in addition to preparing for the concert.”