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The Metropolitan Wind Band Invitational Returns to Roxbury HS

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Roxbury High School, Music for All, and the Roxbury Band Parents Association (RHSBPA) are pleased and proud to announce the Fifth Annual Metropolitan Wind Band Invitational (MWBI)

Saturday, April 21, 2018 in the Roxbury High School Auditorium, 1 Bryant Drive, in Succasunna, NJ. This all-day music festival will be filled with 18 performances by several of the regions most accomplished High School wind ensembles and orchestras, and a closing performance by the Eastern Wind Symphony. All performing groups were invited to participate in this prestigious event based on their past achievements and continued commitment to musical and performance excellence.

This year’s Metropolitan Wind Band Invitational kicks off at Roxbury High School Auditorium with the first performance by the Roxbury Concert Band at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude at 7:15 p.m. with a 45 Minute concert by the Eastern Wind Symphony. Admission to the Festival is $10 Adults, $5 Seniors/Students and a special family rate of $25 for a family of 4 or more (2 adults and 2 + children). Concessions will be available for purchase on-site, and there is free parking. The public is welcome to come and enjoy concerts throughout the day by a total of 19 ensembles, including The West Morris Mendham Wind Ensemble, The Mount Olive Wind Ensemble, The Hillsborough Wind Ensemble, and the JP Stevens Wind Ensemble, and several regional High School ensembles from West Orange, Bridgewater, Bergenfield and in between.

Not only will attendees be treated to rousing symphonic and orchestral performances, but the festival also functions as a non-competitive performance and learning experience for the participating schools. Each performance will be critiqued in an evaluation session after their performance by a panel of extremely experienced and distinguished music professionals who are highly regarded and accomplished throughout the United States.  MWBI evaluators this year include Craig Kirchoff, Professor of Conducting and Director of Bands Emeritus at the University of Minnesota, Denny Stokes of George Mason University who is the founding Conductor of the Northern Virginia Symphonic Winds, Michael Votta Jr. Director of Bands and Professor at the University of Maryland, Scott A. Jones Associate Professor of Music and Associate Director of Bands at the School of Music at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, Scott Teeple, Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin, and Conductor, The Winds of Wisconsin, and Colonel Michael Colburn, former Director Presidents Own Marine Band, Butler University. For more information on this year’s adjudicators and the 2018 MWBI festival please go to  www.roxburybandsnj.org/mwbi/

Roxbury High School’s Director of Bands Jeffrey Conrad adds, “We are delighted to partner with Music for All to present the 5th Annual Metropolitan Wind Band Invitational! This festival features 18 local bands and orchestras working with six of the finest conductors, musicians, and educators in the nation. Our festival is non-competitive and will allow all those involved, students and teachers alike, the chance to learn and grow as well as to celebrate their musical achievement in an incredibly warm and supportive environment.”

MWBI 2018 Chair and Roxbury High School Band Parent Association Mike Mangano added “For those that appreciate music in schools, the annual Metropolitan Wind Band Invitational held at Roxbury High School is a great place to come and listen to some of the finest music that high school students perform. This non-competitive event is a place for schools from all around NJ-NY metro area to come and play music for audiences, and adjudicators alike, and after the bands perform they are placed into a clinic to help improve upon their performance.”

Mr. Mangano also thanks the Roxbury Communities support of the Metropolitan Wind Band Invitational and Roxbury’s Music Program district-wide. “The support from the local community for the arts program in Roxbury is second to none. So many local businesses support the Roxbury Band program through generous donations that allows the Roxbury Band Parents Association to support the band program where the school funding stops short. This is a great way to keep music in schools and in our lives.”

About the Roxbury HS Instrumental Band Program visit http://roxburybandsnj.org

About the 2018 MWBI Festival at Roxbury High School visit http://www.roxburybandsnj.org/mwbi/

About Music For All visit www.musicforall.org

Music for All is proud to partner with the Roxbury High School band to present the 2018 Metropolitan Wind Band Invitational, as one of Music for All’s Affiliate Regional Music Festivals

Music for All is a national organization that supports music programs nationwide through education, and performance opportunities. Music for All’s mission is to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Its vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child across America has access and opportunity to participate in active music making in his or her scholastic environment.

One of Music for All’s programs in support of that mission is the Music for All National Festival, a non-competitive performance and learning opportunity for outstanding high school and middle school concert bands, chamber ensembles, orchestras, and percussion ensembles from across America.

Music for All’s Affiliate Regional Music Festival program is part of its ongoing support of the essential "core" of every band program: the concert band. “Music for All is an admirer of the fine band program at Roxbury High School,” said Eric Martin, President and CEO of Music for All. “We are thrilled and honored to partner with Roxbury to provide a positive educational opportunity for the bands in this area.”

 “We hope that our partnership with the Festival will help make a profound impact on the quality music education in Roxbury area,” says Martin, “as well as to support the Roxbury band’s efforts in presenting this notable Festival.”

For More about Music for All visit www.musicforall.org

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