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Cliffside Park High School symphonic band, including back row trumpet player Sammy Juliano at ‘Crescendo’ Spring Concert on Wednesday, May 15 (Sammy’s birthday!)

by Sam Juliano

With the end of the school year either completed in the institutions of higher learning or winding up in area grammar, middle and high schools, many have been attending year-end events in support of their children, relatives or friends.  This past week was memorable for two wonderful venues, attended by the entire family on Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon.  The first, a mid-week spring concert titled “Crescendo” features the school’s symphonic band, advanced band, chorus and ensemble, under the guidance of director Derek Nelson for band and chorus and Leslie Auslin for ensemble.  My son Sammy played trumpet for the symphonic band, which negotiated Highlights from the Star Wars Saga, Selections from The Lord of the Rings-The Return of the King, Moussorgsky’s Great Gate of Kiev, a Beatles medley of “Yesterday,” “Michelle,” and “Eleanor Rigby” and John Philip Sousa’s El Capitan.  The Advanced band continued the program with highlights from West Side Story, an excerpt from Elmer Bernstein’s The Magnificent Seven, and selections from The Prince of Egypt.  After the chorus put their distinguished mark on the “Riversong,” “Beautiful Day,” “Turn Turn Turn,” “As Long As We Got Each other,” “I Won’t Give Up,” “Put A Little Love in Your Heart,” “Viva La Vida,” and “Go Ye Now in Peace” an impressive ensemble contingent gave rousing treatments to ‘Choral Highlights from Jersey Boys,’ and ten selections from Les Miserables including a solo from former Fairview Public School student Ernest Barzaga of “Stars” that sent the packed auditorium audience into frenzied applause.  Cliffside Park High School (my old alma mater, graduating class of 1972) should be proud of their musical chargers and the terrific work of their teachers. (more…)

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