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Watchung Hills Presents 2017 Spring Band Concert


WARREN, NJ. – Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) student musicians in the Concert Band, the Orchestra and Wind Ensemble demonstrated the considerable breadth and depth of their musical progression with a varied and complex program at the 2017 Spring Band Concert, Wednesday, June 7, in the school’s Performing Arts Center (PAC). 

The Spring Band Concert was part of the 2017 WHRHS Spring Arts Festival, a year-end celebration of the accomplishments in the arts by students at Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS). The Arts Festival was held Monday, June 5, through Wednesday, June 7, at various exposition and performance spaces at the school. 

The community was invited to attend the three-day festival, to witness exhibitions of 2 and 3-dimentional visual art as well as film screenings, theatrical, musical and choral performances involving students of all grades and levels. The annual Spring Vocal Concert was held on Tuesday, June 6.

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WHRHS Orchestral Music Director and Teacher is Paul McCullen.

Some of the pieces performed by the musical groups involved multiple movements.

The Concert Band performed: “Festivo,” by Vaclav Nelhybel; “El Capitan,” by John Philip Sousa; Excerpt from “The Firebrand,” by Igor Stravinsky; “Chant and Jublio,” by W.F. McBeth; and “Salute to American Jazz,” arrangement by Sammy Nestico.

The Orchestra performed: “Spring,” from the “Four Seasons,” by A. Vivaldi, with soloists Carter Rosen, David Ki, and Catherine Cai; “Waltz,” from the “Jazz Suite,” by D. Shastakovich; and “Symphony No. 41 in C Major,” movements Three and Four, by W.A. Mozart.

The Wind Ensemble performed: “Gandalf,” from “The Lord of the Rings,” by Johan de Meij; “Liberty Bell,” by John Philip Sousa; “George Washington Bridge,” by William Schuman; and “Trittico,” by Vaclav Nelhybel.

The students in the Concert Band are: Oboe, Jason Allen; Flute, Catherine Baker, Taylor Burton, Tina Chen, Sophia Cho, Susan Choy, Phillip Ding, Tamara Hadzie, Jenna Hansen, DeepaIrakam, Roopa Irakam, Stephanie Ju, Alanna Margulies, Tien Nguyen, Ishani Shah, Maria Shanahan, Yvonne Tang, Jacqueline Toscano, Caroline Xiong, and Vivian Zhang; Clarinet, Patrick Alto, Katherine Buser, Glen Diamond, Nathaniel Holl, Juliet Kaselmen, Calvin Khiddee-Wu, Nicoletta Koconis, Andre Christopher Meier, Alexandria Minetti, Neha Saju, Ryan Schuler, Mayur Sharma, and Justine Wang; Bass Clarinet, Alex Fenning-Owoo, Michael Midthassel; and Bassoon, Elizabeth Baker and Dania Elsheik;

Also, Alto Sax, Anthony Basilio Aquino, Benjamin Binstock, Nathan Chon, Ian Chung, Adiitya Loganathan, Manuel Melo, Ashwin Menon, Victor Osoliniec, Shray Parimoo, Abagail Pedroso, Pedro Ruizdiaz, Sam Schwartz, Clement Shao, and Maya Zhang; Tenor Sax, Patrick Dempsey, Tyler Horvath, Kyle Merritts, John Schmitt, and Michael Waiman; Baritone Sax, Shan Jhaveri, Christopher Trovato, and Sean Wittmaack; and Percussion, Calvan Davis, Justin Coleman, Brennan Hector, Olivia Hu, Eric Isaacs, Morgan Kyer, Jack Onufer, Annabell Pu, Natalia Sosniak, Matthew Tankel, Victoria Tartivita, Alexander Tortoriello and Stockton VanWeele.

Also Horn, Thomas Fahy, Mira Macleod, Hannah Marszalek, Andrew McAvoy, and Ngocthy Nguyen; Trombone, SheaKeenan, Omar Lateef, Nicole LoCascio, Alexandria Logan, and Emily Thompson; Euphonium, Chad Huang, Emma Kotar, Benjamin Kosakowski and Matthew Mandelbaum; Trumpet, Peter Bosco, Elliot DeGuilo, Christopher Gianakis, James Lavender, Miah Manning, Anthony Motta, Elisabeth Russo, Emmaline Stoddard, Cullen Van Skiver, Leo Yan, and Kevin Zu; and Tuba, Benjamin DeGuilo.

The students in the Orchestra are: Violin I, Kaleigh Brunner, Catherine Cai, Emma Golkin, Niharika Lyer, David Ki, Amy Narakornpichit, Annamaria Newmark, and Carter Rosen; Violin II, Jenny Li, Annabel Liao, Bolai Lin, Jamie Linton, Renato Lopes, Erin Neilsen, Luis Rodrigues, Alyanna Tam, Jocelyn Wang, Jack White and Nandini Yellamelli; Viola, Zoe Golkin, Manthan Naik, Kimberly Walters, and Jaimie Yue; Cello, Alice Chi, Daria Monti, Spencer Shao, and Aria Stoddard; and Bass, Anjali Blow and Kimberly Dang.

The students in the Wind Ensemble are: Oboe, Jeremy Cui; Piccolo, Ishika Agrawal; Flute, May Lee, Cathleen Luo, Laura Oborne, Lindsey Shi, Jessica Yan, and Cherlin Zhu; Clarinet, Stella Hung, John Kolibachuk, Emma Marszalek, William Narayanan, Diana Sarrico, Katie Yan and Olivia Xu; Alto Clarinet, Katelyn Bereheiko; Bass Clarinet, Kartik Hoover and Hannah Stanicki; Alto Sax, Timothe Iroudayassamy, Andrew Morrison, Brady Pilsbury, Emilie Ricciardi, and Sanjay Subramanian; Tenor Sax, Karthik Irakam and Andres Marquez; Baritone Sax, James Narayanan and Brandon Tang; Horn, Hannah Balla, Taylor Hestvik, Caroline Rucker, and Benjamin Watkins; Trumpet, Ryan Branco, Erik Elbrecht, Brandon Huang, Carl Peterson and Matthew Schaefer;

Also Trombone, Mitchell Allen, Christopher Barry, Jack Horan, Cristina Sarrico, and Christopher Strona; Euphonium, Andrew Muller; Tuba, Ethan Marmolejos; Percussion, Shoili Banerjee, Pramath Kalelkar, Craig Mandelbaum, Alexander Overzat, and Annika Schmidt; and additional musicians, Clarinet, Glen Diamond and Ryan Schuler; Bass Clarinet, Alex Fenning-Owoo; Bassoon, Elizabeth Baker and Dania Elsheik; Trumpet, Elliot DeGuilo and Peter Bosc; and Percussion, Justin Coleman.



Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) student musicians in the Concert Band, the Orchestra and Wind Ensemble demonstrated the considerable breadth and depth of their musical progression with a varied and complex program at the 2017 Spring Band Concert, Wednesday, June 7, in the school’s Performing Arts Center (PAC). The WHRHS Orchestral Music Director and Teacher is Paul McCullen. The Wind Ensemble, above, presented “Gandalf” from The Lord of the Rings, by Johan de Meij; “Liberty Bell,” by John Philip Sousa; “George Washington Bridge,” by William Schuman; and “Trittico,” by Vaclav Nelhybel.”


WHRHS PHOTOS Orchestra Bow

The Orchestra stands for its bow at the Spring Band Concert, June 7. Its program included “Spring” from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi; “Waltz” from the Jazz Suite by Shostakovich; and “Symphony No. 41 in C Major, Movements Three and Four,” by W.A. Mozart.


WHRHS PHOTOS Concert Band Bow

The Concert Band opened the Spring Band Concert with five pieces, including a rousing “Salute to American Jazz.”


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