MORRIS COUNTY – The Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) has named several Morris County students as its November Music Students of the Month and “Outstanding Brass Instrumentalists” ahead of the Thursday, November 10 performance by Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
The students were nominated by their teachers and were chosen by the Department of Theater Education based on their commitment to excellence in the performing arts. The students were honored before the stage show and had the opportunity to meet band members before the show.
The 2022-2023 Music Student of the Month program is supported by the Walter F. and Alice Gorham Foundation, Inc.
The students of the month are:
• Senior Andrew Lin of Whippany Park High School in Hanover Township
• Jordan Hicinbothem, Grade 7 student, John Hill School in Boonton
• Senior Rebecca Hirschfeld of Mountain Lakes High School in Mountain Lakes
• Senior Maeve Celli of Parsippany High School in Parsippany
• Kensley Lovius, seventh grader, Brooklawn Middle School in Parsippany
• Katherine Trabachino, eighth grade student, Frelinghuysen Middle School in Morris Township
• Senior Nicholas Andrade of Roxbury High School in Roxbury
• Mendham Township Middle School Grade Seven Griffin Branch in Mendham Township
• Eighth grade student Anthony Murray, Mount Olive Middle School in Mount Olive
• Jacob Spiegel, Grade 8 student, Mountain View Middle School in Mendham Township
• Chris Balo of Kinnelon High School in Kinnelon
• Bridget Harty of Pearl R. Miller Middle School in Kinnelon.
Trabachino was nominated by Frelinghuysen Middle School teacher Timothy Beadle, who said she was an exceptional trumpeter who would also play baritone when needed.
“In addition to performing in band classes, Kate is a prominent member of the Falcon Big Band and the Wind Symphony, both of which meet after school on separate days,” Beadle said. “In each group, Kate is the first to know her music and also the first to help the other students. She is not only a trumpeter; she is a leader.
Lin is a trombone player and member of the band program at Whippany Park High School (WPHS). He is brass captain for the WPHS Marching Band, has auditioned successfully for honor bands, and was a featured soloist in WHPS school ensembles consisting of marching band, jazz band, and jazz band. ‘harmony.
“Andrew demonstrated a work ethic that I use as an example to motivate his peers and the young members of our group program,” said WPHS teacher Peter Sciaino, who named Lin.
“While he showed a rather high musical aptitude as a young student, he also regularly worked on the fundamental skills needed to play at a high level. Today, he is an inspiring performer who continues to improve with each rehearsal. In addition to his participation in our instrumental program, Andrew stood out in my AP Music Theory class. While Andrew is gifted with a perfect pitch, his natural abilities don’t define his aptitude for the course as much as his work ethic.
Andrade has served as lead trombone in Roxbury High School’s (RHS) top instrumental ensemble, the RHS Honors Wind Symphony, since his sophomore year and is also a student leader in the marching band, according to RHS teacher Jeffrey Conrad who nominated him.
Andrade has also been active in the Region I and New Jersey All-State Band and Orchestra programs and is a principal trombone with the New Jersey Youth Symphony, Conrad said.
“Nicholas is not only a great young musician, but above all he is a wonderful young man: kind, caring and supportive,” Conrad said. “He is appreciated and respected by teachers and his peers. He leads by example and is always open to constructive criticism. Simply put, Nicholas is a valued member of our program and his presence uplifts everyone around him.
Griffin Branch was named by Professors Russell Branch and Michael MaHadeen who stated that Griffin Branch is a true low brass musician playing tuba, euphonium and brass trombone interchangeably and at an advanced level for his age .
Griffin Branch plays tuba in the concert band, bass trombone in the jazz band, and euphonium as a secondary instrument. He attended Blue Lake Fine Arts for the past two summers on a merit scholarship. He was accepted into the Elementary Honors Band last year as a sixth grader and will audition on both tuba and euphonium for Area Band and Junior High Regions this year as a seventh grader.
He comes from a musical family where he recently performed at his aunt Jaimie Branch’s memorial at the Pioneer Works venue in Red Hook Brooklyn alongside professional jazz musicians Lester St. Louis, Jason Ajemian and Jason Nazarry last September. .
He performed Herbert Clark’s solo “Maid of the Mist” in tuba recital in the spring of his sixth year as well as a low brass masterclass for Northern Iowa University tuba teacher Stephanie Ycaza the last summer at Blue Lake. In addition to low brass, Griffin has been studying piano since the age of four.
Hicinbothem was nominated by her teacher Yvonne Manca who said she had been instrumental in the music program at John Hill School. She has been playing trumpet since fourth grade and has been playing the first trumpet part for two years because she has tremendous reach and agility, Manca said.
Hicinbothem performs as the first president and first trumpeter of her school.
“She never misses a practice and always walks into the room with a smile on her face and eager to learn the music,” Manca said. “It is for these reasons that I nominate Jordan for Outstanding Brass Player.
Hirschfeld was nominated by Meredith Boyan, a teacher at Mountain Lakes High School (MLHS), who said she devoted much of her time to improving her individual musicality through study and private practice.
Hirschfeld performs with the Juilliard Pre-College program and brings his expertise back to school to share with our ensemble, Boyan said.
“She provides our wind ensemble with a great bass foundation and she makes difficult passages easier,” Boyan said. “He’s a dependable and important member of the band, both personally and musically, and we at MLHS are lucky to have him in our ensembles.”
Murray was nominated by Melany McQueeny, a teacher at Mount Olive Middle School (MOMS), who said he played trombone in the eighth grade band and in MOMS’s two extracurricular bands, the Junior Winds and the Jazz Band.
Murray also participated in the North Jersey Area Band, McQueeny said.
“He’s an incredibly dedicated music student and he’s always ready,” McQueeny said.
“Anthony also always helps his chapter members. He is a leader within his section, the group and the whole school community. Anthony is a brilliant student. He is always looking for ways to improve as a musician and asks some really good questions. You can honestly see the wheels spinning in his brain every time a recommendation is given to him. Anthony has truly embodied what it means to be an exceptional brass player, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor.
Spiegel was nominated by Bradley McMurray, a teacher at Mountain View Middle School, who said he was an outstanding musician and student who had been taking private lessons for four years.
Spiegel was part of the North Jersey Region Symphonic Band as a seventh grader last year, McMurray said.
“Jacob constantly shows me the repertoire he’s been working on in his classes and is always interested in performing a solo for the class or at a concert,” McMurray said. “Jacob also plays the national anthem at all pep rallies and is very excited to start the high school marching band.”