Arts & Entertainment

West Essex High School Saxophonist Selected to Play in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Catherine Marino, a junior at West Essex High School, is chosen to be in the Macy's Great American Marching Band. Credits: West Essex Regional High School
Catherine is with her parents Andrew and Joanne Marino, and her brother Andrew.
Catherine Marino plays the saxophone for West Essex High School marching band.
Catherine Marino, a junior at West Essex High School, is chosen to be in the Macy's Great American Marching Band.

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — Catherine Marino, a West Essex High School junior, was recently selected to play saxophone in the 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday as part of the Macy’s Great American Marching Band.

Marino submitted an audition video when Anthony Fabrizio, West Essex director of bands, shared information about the Macy's Great American Marching Band auditions in early 2017. She said she auditioned because it “sounded like a great chance to be part of something big” and was thrilled to have been accepted.

Having only performed with her school or in regional ensembles in New Jersey, Marino said that she is looking forward to playing with a group of kids from all over the United States in such a widely renowned annual event. 

Sign Up for E-News

"There aren't many opportunities out there like this," she said. “When I submitted my audition, I wasn't sure that I'd make it, but was happy when I received their acceptance letter. It will be a busy week of rehearsals and touring, but I'm looking forward to being part of it.”

She will be joining 184 other musicians and 40 color guard and dancers at the event under the direction of Auburn University’s Dr. Richard Good and assisted by many talented music educators from across the country.

Marino is a saxophonist in the West Essex High School marching band, symphonic winds and jazz ensemble. She has been playing alto and tenor saxophone since the fourth grade at Churchill School and has represented West Essex in various regional ensembles over the past several years.

She has been part of the of the West Essex Regional School District’s music program since the seventh grade, including marching band since ninth grade. This year, Marino was saxophone section leader for the marching band.

“We are very proud of Catherine's musical accomplishments since she started out in the fourth grade and are happy to support her however we can,” her parents, Andrew and Joanne Marino said. “Performing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will be an experience she will never forget. She'll be meeting, rehearsing, performing and touring NYC with great musicians from all over the United States. It's an incredible opportunity.”

Marino’s godmother, Joanne Gebbia, said that when she was talking to Catherine about the event, Marino seemed so excited, not only about performing in the parade, but also about rooming with five other musicians from different states, including Oklahoma.

“Catherine is very sweet and talented and is a joy to her entire family. I am so excited for her,” said Gebbia. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Marino is currently starting her college search and knows that she wants to continue performing in college and most likely will pursue a minor in music.

Watch for Marino as she marches down 6th Avenue on Thursday morning, officially welcoming the start of the holiday season.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Essex

Free Flavors Soft Serve Ice Cream (Jr. Cup or Cone) With Coupon

May 23, 2018

Fairfield, NJ - Flavors Homemade Ice Cream is offering a FREE soft serve ice cream (jr. cup or cone) when you spend $10 or more with coupon.

Flavors Homemade Is located at 653 Rt 46 West (1.98 mi) in Fairfield, New Jersey 07004 next to Jose Tejas.

*Homemade Ice Cream

*Italian Ice


*Fresh waffles 

*ice ...

Evolve Cycle And Fitness Presale Happening Now!

CALDWELL, NJ - Evolve Cycle and Fitness is now offering 10 classes for only $90. That’s only $9 a class when you purchase before its official Grand Opening on Friday, June 1, 2018. 

Only two weeks left to take advantage of this limited time offer! Call Martha at 973-979-5919 or click here to sign up.

Evolve Cycle and Fitness is a Premier Fitness Boutique ...

West Essex Softball's Lilly James Named Athlete of the Week

May 20, 2018

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — In her senior season at West Essex High School, Athlete of the Week Lilly James has made an impact as both a physical and vocal leader on the West Essex softball team.

“[I’m] just staying confident with myself and trying to push my confidence into everyone else so they can have the same amount and hit as well as me and my other teammates so we can ...

Montclair HS Student Reported Sexual Assault in All-Gender Bathroom, Officials Say

May 17, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - According to published reports on Wednesday, Montclair Police officials are investigating allegations of sexual assault reported to have occurred in a bathroom at Montclair High School.

Montclair police officials state that officers received a report about an incident at the high school of a sexual nature that occurred around 3:18 p.m. on Monday. The ...

Upcoming Events


Mon, May 28, 6:00 PM

Roseland Public Library , Roseland

Drop-In Tech Night



Tue, May 29

Essex County

Primary – Vote by Mail deadline


Tue, May 29, 9:30 AM

Rosalind Public Library, Roseland

Spring T’ai Chi Chih

Health & Wellness

Lola's Buy 1 Regular Soft Serve Cone or Cup, Get One 50% Off With Coupon

May 25, 2018

Fairfield, NJ - Lola's Ice Cream and Sweet Shoppe is offering Buy One Regular Soft Serve Cone or Cup, Get One 50% Off with coupon. Lola's Sprinkles are always FREE! 

Coupon expires 6/18/18. Coupon offers cannot be combined. Must present this coupon to redeem.

Lola's Ice Cream and Sweet Shoppe is located at 244 Route 46 East, Fairfield, NJ in the ...


Jan 7, 1927 - May 10, 2018
Benjamin Cappiello, 91, of Roseland, died on May 10, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving ...
Read more

Vehicular Homicide Charges for Driver of Paramus School Bus

May 24, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The driver of a school bus involved in a crash on Route 80 last week that killed two people faces two counts of second-degree vehicular homicide/death by auto, it was announced today.

The driver, Hudy Muldrow, 77, of Woodland Park, attempted to make an illegal U-Turn on the highway in an attempt to find his way to Waterloo Village, the planned destination of the bus that was ...

A Royal Pain

I went to a big wedding over the weekend.  It was in England.

I like to think I was invited, but according to the Royal Guards and the Thames Valley Police I was not.  But more about that later.

You see, not too long ago I received an evite addressed to me from H&  Curiously, it was in my spam folder with a warning message. For an evite it was pretty ...