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Second Annual West Orange High School Marching Mountaineers Invitational a Success

The WOHS Marching Mountaineers perform an exhibition routine. Credits: Rick Adelsohn
Senior Nick Santa Cruz. Credits: Rick Adelsohn
The WOHS Music Boosters set up a mini-city at Suriano Field with activities, food and more. Credits: Rick Adelsohn
West Orange Regal Bank was one of the event sponsors. Credits: Rick Adelsohn

WEST ORANGE, NJ - WEST ORANGE, NJ—On October 11, West Orange High School held its Second annual Marching Band Invitational featuring bands from all over north Jersey and from four different classes, ranging from A to AAAA.

The invitational began as Morris Hills (AA) took to the field first with their show “Opposites”. Morris Hills went on to win First in their class, with Mount Olive’s show “Birds of a Feather…” capturing Second Place and caption awards in best percussion and music.

In group A, Passaic Valley High School, Glen Ridge High School, and Wayne Valley High School competed and Wayne Valley took first place, Passaic, Second, and Glen Ridge, Third, with captions for best overall effect and best visual effect.

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Group AAA included Roxbury High School, who took First place and all captions for their group, as well as Verona High School (Second Place) and Wayne Hills (Third Place).

 As the only group to perform in AAAA,  West Milford High School, took First place and all captions for their group.

The Invitational culminated with a performance by the West Orange Mountaineers, who  exhibited their season themed show “The Endless Cycle,” featuring songs such as Promise of Living by Aaron Copland and Summertime by George Gershwin.

During awards, band students and sponsors provided the trophies and captions to all competitors, along with the Mayor’s trophy, which was given to Roxbury High School and presented by West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi.

The event also featured various booths and tents where the Music boosters, headed by WOHS Music Booster President Lisa Adelsohn, included a Pep Wear merchandise stand, bake sale, and 50/50 raffle.

The support of the event sponsors, Regal Bank, Burke Supply, and United Rental, and the overwhelming support of the WOHS Music Boosters, the volunteers, and the community facilitated the success of the event.

“We are very lucky to have the support of the community, the WOHS Administration, the West Orange Board of Education and the Township for this event.”  Said Lisa Adelsohn. “It is an honor to work with so many dedicated and supportive parents, alumni and community members on such a worthwhile endeavor.”

Erin Lagatic, Associate Band Director for the Mountaineers, was ecstatic with the success of the show. “Every band was a great participant and I can’t wait for our third annual Invitational show next year,” she enthused.

The Marching Mountaineers will compete in Mount Olive High School’s competition on Saturday, October 18.

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