WEST ORANGE, NJ – Fifty-three West Orange High School seniors recently received their Tri-M Music Honor Society cords for graduation as several outstanding musicians were recognized for excellence in music.

Highlights for the music department this year included a national championship for the marching band, a sold-out performance of the spring musical “The Little Mermaid,” the Wind Ensemble's performance at the "Music for All" Festival in Indianapolis, a fourth-place national ranking for the Boys Step team, and several achievements by individual students continued throughout the year, including:

  • North Jersey Jr. Region Band:  Anika Fernandes, Jennifer Maciejak
  • North Jersey Area Band: Julian Gorring, Louis Kravits, Divya Anand, Austin Bartola
  • North Jersey Area Band, Region I Band: Austin Bartola, Divya Anand, Eoin Lynn
  • North Jersey Area Band, Region I Band, All-State Band: Austin Bartola

Awards were handed out to orchestra, band, choral, step team and color guard students in grades 9-12 as musical performances were interspersed throughout the evening.

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Teachers John Hellyer, Erin Lagatic, Josh Zimmer, William Farley and Theresa Lim were also recognized by departing seniors who have worked with their instructors for four years.

Lou Quagliato, Supervisor of Fine Arts for the West Orange School District, lauded the students, parents and teachers for their commitment and dedication to music.

“We have the best music program in the State of New Jersey,” said Quagliato. “I am so grateful to the support of our board and superintendent.”

See the photos from the WOHS Music Awards here

See a list of rewards and recognitions here.