Lewis Kelly & Gregory Mulford Band Division

The North Jersey band division has NJSMA North Jersey

School Music Association

like to thank Past President Peter Bauer and President Elect Joe Spina for helping to be my sounding board for the duration of my Presidency. I Could not have done it with- out both of your expertise. Also, I want to take the time to thank the region board, who I think are some of the best educators, and people with the biggest hearts that I have ever met. Your time and passion is a huge reason for the success of the region. Finally, I want to thank all of the Music Educators in Region 1. The jobs that you do each day to give our kids the tools to be successful is truely inspirational. In this po- sition, I have had the opportunity to work with many of you and have forged lifelong friendships as a result. I hope I have served all of you in good faith, and I am excited to still contribute as much as I can to support the continued success of Region 1. I would also like to take a moment to remind all of you to attend our general meeting scheduled for May 1st at the Sheraton in Parsippany. We will elect a new President Elect, as well as listen to the scholarship award winners. Please take as moment and join us. Thanks again for all that you do each day.

T It truely

has been an honor to serve. Russ Batsch

his will be my last opportunity to write to you in this capac- ity as your President. I would

had an exciting 2016-2017 year. We have had two wonderful All North Jersey con- certs featuring 4 fantastic bands from students in grades 7-12. The high school and junior high school concert band fes- tivals continue to be annual celebrations of the education through ensemble per- formance. Our sixth Elementary Band Festival will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2017 at South Orange Middle School. 185 sixth grade students will perform in two ensem- bles conducted by Janell Kallimanis from Sussex Middle School and Dan Halpern from H.B. Whitehorne Middle School. Forty sponsoring directors will help run the one-day festival concluding with the concert at 2:00 pm. These successful region events do not

happen by themselves. It takes many in- dividuals and school districts working in cooperation to make region events work. Thank you to all of our conductors, adju- dicators, managers, hosts, audition chairs and coordinators who make all these fan- tastic events happen. Anyone interested in conducting any region ensemble should log on to the region website and complete an application. If you would like to get in- volved as a host, manager, or assist in any way please contact Lewis Kelly or Gregory Mulford at We look forward to working with you again next year!

NJSMA Elementary Music Division Lisa Wichman, Chair

Carol Richardi, Co-Chair Professional Development opportunity

for Preschool - 6th grade music educators and music educations majors Monday, October 9, 2017; 9:30 -

3:30 pm.

Columbus Day Elementary Workshop featuring leading authority in Elementary Music Education: Artie Almeida! http:// Check our website for details and reg- istration information: http://www.njsma. com/


Deama Larsen Choral Division

Forty-Five different schools from

around the region participated in the Ju- nior High Region Chorus Concert which took place on March 19, 2017 at Bloom- field High School. Over 800 people at- tended the concert which featured a Treble Choir under the direction of LIsa Bagley (Westwood Regional Schools) and Mixed Ensemble conducted by Laura Kosmich (Leonia Public Schools). There were about 240 singers singing in the combined choir for the finale. It was truly a wonderful concert enjoyed by all who ate’d like to thank all of the Region I directors who helped make this concert so successful.

South Jersey Band And SJBODA

Orchestra Directors Association

School Band Concert. Te performances were outstanding. Te conductors this year were Shannon Hughes (Northern Burling- ton County MS) and Andrew Seigel (William Davies MS). Dominic Scalfaro (Alder Avenue MS) and Scott McCarron (Delsea Regional HS) provided excellent assistance as manag- ers for these ensembles. Tis concert would not be possible with-


out the commitment and dedication of our colleagues. Joe Brausam (Lacey Township HS), our Junior High Band Coordinator, was responsible for organizing a wonderful event that our students will cherish for many years. Special thanks to Derek Rohaly (Mainland Regional HS) and Mark Kadetsky (Fernwood Avenue MS) who offered their facilities and percussion equipment for the rehearsals and the performance. Te 10th Annual Chamber Ensemble

Concert was held on February 8th at Cedar Creek HS. Te ensemble coaches were Brass: Mike Lynch (Cherokee HS); Percussion: Don Simpson (Crockett MS); Sax: Nick DiSalvio (Westampton MS); Woodwind: Beth Rohaly (R.M. Bacon ES); Clarinet: Joe Midiri (Private

MAY 2017

ongratulations to all who were involved with the 40th Annual All South Jersey Junior High

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