PHHS WIND ENSEMBLE RECOGNIZED AT THE NEW JERSEY STATE BAND GALA 2016

PHHS WIND ENSEMBLE RECOGNIZED AT THE NEW JERSEY STATE BAND GALA 2016
Posted on 05/02/2016

This past Sunday, May 1, 2016, the Parsippany Hills High School Wind Ensemble performed at the New Jersey State Gala Concert held at the Nicholas Music Center of Rutgers University.  For the first time in school history, the ensemble was chosen by the New Jersey Band Association to perform at this prestigious event as a result of their extraordinary performance at the NJSMA Concert Band Festival held in March of 2016 where they received a Gold Rating and awards for Best Woodwinds, Best Brass and Best Percussion. 

Sunday’s Gala event honored six outstanding high school music programs in the State.  It was with great pride that the Parsippany Hills High School Wind Ensemble received such special recognition.  Mr. Mike Iapicca, PHHS Wind Ensemble Director, proudly stated, “I didn't think I could be more proud of a group of kids… I am truly overwhelmed at what my students have achieved!” Ms. Michelle Christianson (Concert Band Director at PHHS) stepped in to direct the band at the performance on Sunday on behalf of Mr. Iapicca who was unable to attend due to his son’s First Communion celebration.

Dr. David Vickerman, Executive Board Chair, New Jersey Band Association noted: “It is also crucial to thank all of the school administrators associated with today’s performing ensembles.  Your support is vital in providing young musicians access to a substantive and meaningful arts education.  The presence of your students here today stands as evidence of your firm commitment to excellence in the arts.”

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