PARSIPPANY — Parsippany Hills High School wind ensemble recently performed at the New Jersey State gala concert held in the Nicholas Music Center of Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
For the first time in school’s 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 this year, where they received a Gold Rating and awards for Best Woodwinds, Best Brass and Best Percussion.
The gala honored six outstanding high school music programs in the state.
“I didn’t think I could be more proud of a group of kids,” Mike Iapicca, Parsippany Hills High School wind ensemble director, said proudly. “I am truly overwhelmed at what my students have achieved!”
Michelle Christianson, concert band director at PHHS, stepped in to direct the band at the performance on Sunday on behalf of 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.”