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Student Musicians Perform, Junior Drum Major Named, Seniors Receive Awards at Watchung Hills Regional High School Instrumental Concert

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Students Perform, Senior Awards and Junior  Drum Major Named at Watchung Hills Regional High School Credits: Denis Kelly
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At the conclusion of the Instrumental Spring Concert at Watchung Hills Regional High School, Wednesday, June 4, in the school’s Performing Arts Center, the Band Parents Association presented the annual senior awards to four graduating seniors. From left are: Parents Association Treasurer Karen Remington of Gillette; students Lucy Bolognese of Millington, Philip Biesiadecki of Watchung, Anastasia Rick of Stirling, and Genevieve Cullen of Warren Township; and Parent Association President Denise Stetz of Millington. Bolognese, who plays flute, plans to attend Mount Holyoke College. Biesiadecki, who plays percussion, plans to attend Fairleigh Dickenson University. Rick, who plays trumpet, plans to attend Mercer County College. Cullen, who is a member of the color guard, plans to attend Rutgers University. Rick also received the John Philip Sousa Award, an award chosen by students as the student who contributed the most to the success of the band program. Credits: Denis Kelly
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This year’s senior drum major, Anastasia Rick, center, of Stirling, and this year’s junior drum major, Katie Remington, left, of Gillette, welcome next year’s junior drum major Alyssa Rosenblum, right, of Millington, after Rosenblum, a sophomore, was announced as next year’s junior drum major at the annual Instrumental Spring Concert Wednesday, June 4, at the school’s Performing Arts Center. The 63-piece Concert Band, conducted by David Udell, was one of four groups of instrumental students to perform at the concert. Other groups performing included the 10-piece Brass in Black group, the 26-piece String Orchestra, and the 45-piece Wind Ensemble. Credits: Denis Kelly
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  Conductor David Udell directs the Watchung Hills Regional High School Concert band at the annual Instrumental Spring Concert, Wednesday, June 4, in the school’s Performing Arts Center. The 63-piece Concert Band performed selections from Caesar Giovanni, Percy Grainger, John Philip Sousa, and Clifton Williams. Also performing at the concert were the 10-piece Brass in Black group, the 26-piece String Orchestra, and the 45-piece Wind Ensemble.   Credits: Denis Kelly
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WARREN, NJ - Four groups of student musicians, the 10-piece Brass in Black group, the 26-piece String Orchestra, the 45-piece Wind Ensemble, and the 63-piece Concert Band, performed before an audience of family, friends, classmates, school officials and the general public at the annual Instrumental Spring Concert, Wednesday, June 4, in the Performing Arts Center at Watchung Hills Regional High School.

 
In addition, the winners of several senior awards were announced, with the honors going to: Lucy Bolognese of Millington, who plays flute; Philip Biesiadecki of Watchung, who plays percussion; Anastasia Rick of Stirling, who plays trumpet and is the graduating senior drum major; and Genevieve Cullen of Warren Township, who is a member of the Color Guard.
 
 
Rick was also named the winner of the John Philip Sousa Award, which is chosen by the band students to honor the student who “contributed the most to the success of the band program.”
 
Band Director and conductor David Udell also announced that sophomore Alyssa Rosenblum of Millington, who plays clarinet, has been named the junior drum major for next year. She will join junior Katie Remington of Gillette, who will move from junior to senior drum major next year.

 
 Udell said that the selection was made difficult this year because there were so many “excellent candidates.” “Any choice would have been an excellent choice,” he said, because there are so many excellent students from which to choose.
 
At the concert, Brass in Black, under the direction of Bonnie Burgdorf, played three selections from composer John Wasson, “Fly With Me,” “Heartland,” and “Chillin’ Out.”
 
The String Orchestra performed: Two pieces by Joseph Haydn, “Menuetto from Quartet Opus 64. No. 5” and “Allegro con brio from Quartet Opus 54 No. 1;” a piece by Ottorino Respighi, “Antique Dances and Airs;” and Johann Strauss’ “Fiedermaus Waltzes.”
 
The Concert Band performed: “Overature in B flat,” by Caesar Giovanni; “Finale from Lincolnshire Posey,” by Percy Grainger; Semper Fidelis,” by John Philip Sousa; and “Variation Overture,” by Clifton Williams.
 
The Wind Ensemble concluded the concert with: “Havendance,” by David R. Holsinger; “Suite of Old American Dances,” by Robert Russell Bennett; and “Salute to American Jazz,” by Sammy Nestico.

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