WEST ORANGE, NJ — More than 75 elementary and middle school students joined with the West Orange High School (WOHS) Marching Band on last weekend for the fifth annual District Band Night, held under the lights at WOHS Suriano Stadium.

Musicians from West Orange elementary and middle schools were grouped according to their instruments with marching band members in the stands. Students and Marching Mountaineers entered the stadium together and played music throughout the game. The younger musicians had the experience of being in a marching band in a supportive atmosphere.

During halftime, the Marching Mountaineers performed their popular program, "Which Witch.”

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In addition to WOHS band director Lew Kelly, music teachers Andrea Rommel, Joe Romano and Josh Zimmer were also on hand to work with students and Mountaineers as well as to participate themselves.

"Connecting elementary and middle school students with high school students not only develops a sense of community, but family," said WOHS Principal Hayden Moore. "High school students become mentors that inspire and encourage younger musicians to excel.

"That fifth grade clarinet or trumpet player will someday soon be part of our award-winning wind ensemble or marching band, and we will be happy to welcome them as part of our family here at WOHS.”