NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — Eight young musicians from West Essex High School were recently accepted into the North Jersey Area Band after many hours of preparation to audition for a coveted spot in either the select Wind Ensemble or the Symphonic Band.

Of the eight West Essex students, four students were selected to fill first chair positions between both groups.

The selected students, who all perform in the West Essex High School Symphonic Winds ensemble, are listed below in the order they appear above.

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Back row (left to right): 

James Humphrey — Symphonic Band — Bass Clarinet

Andrew Marino — Wind Ensemble — 1st Chair — Mallets

Gabriel Ruszala — Wind Ensemble — 1st chair — Trombone

TJ Viola — Wind Ensemble — 1st Chair — French Horn

Ryan Polizzi — Symphonic band — 1st Chair — Trombone

First row (left to right):   

Caroline McElhannon — Symphonic band — Flute

Julia Zon — Symphonic band — Percussion

Gianna Lodato — Symphonic Band — Percussion

Jimmy Alamia — Symphonic Band — Timpani