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West Orange Winter Band Concert Highlights Contemporary Music

Cynthia Cumming

Friday, January 18, 2013 • 9:35pm

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Parents of West Orange High School students that participate in the music program know a secret.  They know where to go to see concerts that will blow your socks off and rival the orchestras and bands that you might hear on Broadway, and they're free. The West Orange High School Winter Band Concert was held last night in the auditorium at WOHS, and featured several contemporary music selections.

The Ninth Grade Band, under the direction of Lisa Swannick, presented a "Lady Gaga Dance Mix" including Poker Face, Bad Romance, and Just Dance.  Student Music Teacher Joshua Zimmer led the band for The Final Countdown. Their last selection was entitled Rampage!

The Concert Band, led by Erin McClure, opened with Crazy Train and followed with  Someone To Watch Over Me, which included an alto sax solo  by student Ventura Simmons.  They ended with Ain't No Mountain High Enough.

Symphonic Winds, also under the direction of Ms. McClure, began their set with New Wade N' Water, followed by Suite from The Dark Knight.  They closed on a high note with America from West Side Story.

The last group to perform, Wind Ensemble, was directed by Lew Kelly.  Student Music Teacher Joshua Zimmer also led the Ensemble in their opening number, Espana Cani.  They followed with Irish Tune from County Derry, and ended the evening with Raiders of the Lost Ark Medley.  

The appreciative audience clapped and left the auditorium impressed with the quality of the performances and the work that went into them.  The Band Concerts include instruments such as flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion.

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