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Summer Kicks Off In Ridgewood With June Concert

RHS's Wind Ensemble seniors will be among those playing -- and honored -- at the June 2 performance.
RHS's Wind Ensemble seniors will be among those playing -- and honored -- at the June 2 performance. Photo Credit: Debra Anderson

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- Ridgewood High School's Symphonic Band, Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will officially open the Kasschau Memorial Shell’s 2016 summer season with "Tunes in June," on Thursday, June 2.

The free concert will feature light and popular music, and a ceremony to honor graduating seniors in the band program.

The Symphonic Band's program will include Michael Story's "To Honor, Thank and Remember," "dedicated to the men and women who won World War II," as well as "Meet the Beatles," a medley of early Beatles hits, and The marches of John Williams.

The Concert Band will perform several pieces, including music from "How to Train Your Dragon" and "The Lion King," as well as an original work entitled "Bright Lights." The Symphonic Band and Concert Band will be co-conducted by directors John Luckenbill and Jeffrey Haas.

Having just performed as part of Ridgewood's Memorial Day observance, the Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Jeffrey Haas, will focus on celebrating the contributions of graduating senior band members. Senior Brooke Maskin will lead the band in "The Stars and Stripes Forever" -- continuing the tradition of having the outgoing drum major conduct the band for the final time.

Senior flutist Stephanie Pizza will be the featured soloist, performing the "Carmen Fantasie," accompanied by the band. Seniors Erin Gioia, Helen Cho, Robert Schablik and Connor Haycock will all play solo parts in the world premiere of "Under the Stars," a new work by Chris Bernotas commissioned by the RHS Band Association written to highlight some of the band's most outstanding senior musicians.

The traditional highlight of "Tunes in June" will come when all 30 seniors are brought to the front of the band shell stage to be recognized for their four years of service and outstanding contribution to musical life at RHS.

In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the Ridgewood High School Campus Center. This concert is sponsored by the Kasschau Memorial Shell Committee.

The performance will begin at 8 p.m. For more information, contact Haas at 201-670-2800, ext. 20639, jhaas@ridgewood.k12.nj.us or by visiting the band's website.

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