Education

West Orange District Jazz Concert Held at Liberty Middle School

Roosevelt Middle School. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
WOHS Jazz II. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
WOHS Jazz I. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Saxophonist Don Braden. Credits: Cynthia Cumming

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Students from grades 6-12 entertained a packed house at Liberty Middle School at the West Orange School District's 13th annual Evening of Jazz Concert on Feb. 19.  Music students from Edison, Roosevelt and Liberty Middle Schools, along with Jazz One and Jazz Two bands from West Orange High School, once again showed the talent that has garnered awards for the West Orange Public Schools music programs.

The Edison Central Sixth Jazz Band, under the direction of music teacher Joe Romano, opened the program with "Jammin With Charlie." Sixth grade is the first opportunity students have to participate in extracurricular jazz programs.

Highlights of each group's performance included solos by individual musicians. Jazz bands include flute, trumpet, piano, saxophone, guitar, bass, upright bass, drums, trombone, violin, cello, and clarinet in varying combinations.  
The Roosevelt Roughrider Middle School Jazz Band, directed by music teacher Roger Bryson, followed with "Footprints" and "Uncle Milo's Side Show". Dave Rimelis, director of the Liberty Middle School Jazz Band, led the students in energetic renditions of "Hot, Hot, Hot" and "Higher Ground".

Sign Up for E-News

The West Orange High School Jazz II band under the direction of Lisa Swannick, performed "Buffalo Wings," "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "Soul Man." 

Lew Kelly, director of Jazz Band I, led the Jazz I Band in "Splanky." The surprise of the evening was the introduction of premier Jazz Saxophonist Don Braden, who performed "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "Winelight," and "What is Hip" with the band.

Next up in the ongoing musical events in the West Orange School District is the Faculty Scholarship Concert on Feb. 25.

 

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

Meet the Beloved Local Doctor Killed in Pedestrian-Vehicle Accident

March 22, 2017

ESSEX FELLS, NJ - Dr. Jan Huston, 66, who was struck and killed by a vehicle while on the sidewalk near her home in Essex Fells on Tuesday morning, was the medical director of the Breast Center at HackensackUMC Mountainside in Glen Ridge.

She was rushed to the same hospital following the accident, where she died a short time later.

Huston was the founder and director of ...

Housewives Star Identified as Owner of Burning Car Found with Dead Bodies

March 20, 2017

PATERSON, NJ - According to multiple reports, the burning car that was found in Paterson on Friday with two unidentified male bodies is registered to Housewives of NJ alum Kim DePaola.

Around 2:00 a.m. Friday morning police and fire  officials arrived to the scene of a burning Audi near the 500 block of East 28th Street in Paterson. 

Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_dac2808f0f944033a2c1_unnamed-2

Sat, March 25, 9:00 AM

IRON FITT, Fairfield

Come Sweat With Us hosted by IRON FITT

Health & Wellness Sports

Sat, March 25, 10:00 AM

West Orange Presbyterian Center, West Orange

Community Blood Drive at UPCWO

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_baface0147000d76e78b_ncnw-web-logo-purple-1-2

Sat, March 25, 12:00 PM

The Wilshire Grand Banquet Center - Loft Room, West Orange

NCNW-Montclair Section presents Our Annual ...

Other

West Orange Board of Education to Present Preliminary Budget Wednesday

March 21, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ - A presentation of the Preliminary 2017-18 West Orange Public Schools Budget will be held at Liberty Middle School, 1 Kelly Drive, in the auditorium on March 22 beginning at 8:00 p.m. Superintendent Jeff Rutzky and Business Administrator John Calavano will present the Preliminary Budget to the board.

The Preliminary Budget will be sent to the county on March 23 and is subject ...

WATCH: Andy's Family Music Teacher Mike Maino Performs Original Song

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight music teacher Mike Maino, guitarist of the popular New Jersey-based cover band “Screaming Broccoli.”

Seen above performing his original composition, “Sky Full of Dreams,” Maino has been a musician for approximately 35 years and an instructor at Andy’s for 12 years. He ...

Snow Blows

There is nothing quite so blissful as a snow day.  

 

The quiet beauty of gently falling flakes swiftly accumulating on the trees and lawns and roadways preventing any sort of travel to work.   Those two magic words:  School Closure.  Knowing that all there is to do is look out the window from your warm house and watch the clean cold blanket of winter stop all ...

Murder on the Orient Express

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ streams along in sizzling suspense

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, NJ – Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, “Murder on the Orient Express,” has received a terrific stage adaptation by Ken Ludwig. He’s taken a few liberties with the numerous characters, but has tightened the story line so that it all works seamlessly.

Ludwig ...