by Allison Freeman
NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - It has been a very busy month for West Essex Choral and Musical groups, winning numerous awards. Several West Essex Middle School music groups and students received awards at the Dorney Park/Music Showcase. These include the MS Jazz Ensemble, which received a superior rating with a 97.3 score and best rhythmic section and outstanding soloist for Max Knopping and outstanding musician for Oliver Shaw. The MS Concert Band won the Grand Champion Award for best overall musical group, a 96.5 score and first place for best low brass section. Also at Dorney, the Middle School Jazz Choir received a first place superior rating and outstanding soloist awards for Thomas Cassera and Madelin Morales and the Middle School Chorus received first place superior and an outstanding soloist awards for Jayden Coldon. The MS Orchestra also received second place and a superior rating and outstanding cello section. Ryder Morello was named outstanding soloist for the MS Jazz Ensemble at the West Milford HS Jazz Ensemble Festival.
From left: West Essex Middle School eighth graders: Outstanding soloist winner Max Knopping of North Caldwell, Lauren Camaratta of Fairfield, Kevin Nadel of Fairifeld, Brianna Shields of North Caldwell, Lauren Moskal of Fairfield, Oliver Shaw of Essex Fells, Meera Ramarkrishnan of North Caldwell, Michael Sessa of Roseland and Music Teacher and Middle School Band Director Eric Fitzke
West Essex Middle School Band Director Eric Fitzke, right, congratulates Ryder Morello, an eighth grader from North Caldwell, for being named outstanding soloist for the MS Jazz Ensemble at the West Milford HS Jazz Ensemble Festival
From left: West Essex Middle School Jazz Choir members: eighth grader Brianna Convertino of Fairfield , seventh graders Thomas Cassera of North Caldwell and Madelin Morales of Fairfield, and West Essex Middle School Chorus members eighth graders Holly Ruvo and Olivia Solomon and seventh grader Jayden Coldon, all of North Caldwell, with Middle School, Choral Director Donna Mateyka
West Essex Middle School Orchestra members Spencer Cowen and Zach LiVecchi, both of North Caldwell, with trophies