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West Orange High School to Hold 1st Invitational Marching Band Competition Oct. 12

Credits: Amy Simon

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange Mountaineer Marching Band is hosting the first invitational band competition at West Orange High School on Saturday, Oct.12, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Suriano Stadium.

Fourteen schools will be competing, including Livingston, Wayne Valley, Morristown, Glen Ridge, Passiac Valley, Columbia, Nutley, Morris Hills, Mount Olive, Piscataway, West Milford, Wayne Hills, Roxbury and Verona. As the host of the competition, West Orange's band will perform its routine, but will not compete.

“This competition provides an enormous opportunity to the WOHS Marching Band,” said Band Director Lewis Kelly. “For years we have traveled to many different high schools for competitions. We are finally able to demonstrate what West Orange has to offer by showcasing our great band, great facility and dedicated volunteers.  Music Boosters, the parent organization that support the music programs here at WOHS, have spearheaded the effort to produce this event.  We appreciate their assistance, and the outstanding support of the WOHS Administration and the West Orange Board of Education, in making the Invitational a reality.”

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The West Orange Music Boosters run several fund raisers and events each year to offset costs of the Marching band and music department.  

This year's Mountaineer Marching Band routine is entitled "Creatures of the Night” featuring music by The Cranberries, Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach, and Danny Elfman;  Radiohead, Camille Saint-Saens Michael Jackson.

On September 28 the Marching Band was awarded first place at the Roxbury High School Marching Competition.  The WOHS Marching Band competed at Roxbury High School,  on Saturday, September 28th and was awarded First Place in Division AAA, Best Overall Band, Best Color Guard, Best Overall Effect, and Best Percussion. 

 The event will begin at 4:45 PM and conclude with the award presentations at approximately 9:15PM where the ‘Best Overall’ trophy, sponsored by West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi, will be awarded. Plan to arrive early for parking and seating.

Tickets for the West Orange High School Mountaineers Marching Band Invitational, $10 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens, can be purchased at the gate.    Food will be available at the concession stand throughout the event.

“I admire and appreciate the West Orange Marching Band and Color Guard for their tireless efforts, amazing talent, and dedication to West Orange High School,” says Principal Hayden Moore. “The parents and friends of the Music Booster Club should also be commended for their hard work year-round in organizing, fundraising and supporting these student musicians and dancers as they represent the very best of our West Orange High School community.”

“The Marching Mountaineers’ motto is  “Pride, Dedication and Excellence,” and as Interim Superintendent James O'Neill notes, “It will be another proud day for West Orange Schools.”

West Orange High School Music Boosters Invitational Co-Chairs are Julie Wiegel and Richard Adelsohn. The event is sponsored by Regal Bank.  Contact Julie Wiegel at for more information on Saturday's event.


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