Band Of Verona Teens Rocks Church Street


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Rufus and the Ferocious Beast: Ian Pelse, Andrew Farrelly, Mark Bylancik, Ed Rosini and Rob Gelberg.

If you happened to be strolling along Church Street in Montclair on Saturday night, enjoying the pleasant weather and sidewalk scene, you may have heard the upbeat sounds of a band of  talented young men called Rufus and the Ferocious Beast. If you took the time to look  closely at the musicians , you may have recognized a few, as three of the five band members live in Verona: Ian Pelse, Andrew Farrelly and Mark Bylancik.

The three gentlemen from Verona, like the rest of the band members, are students at Montclair Kimberley Academy‘s Upper School.  Seniors Pelse and Farrelly are both products of  H.B. Whitehorne Middle School‘s music program, where Pelse played French horn and Farrelly played drums. The two formed a band in seventh grade, which ultimately developed into Rufus and the Ferocious Beast.

Saturday’s gig, organized through Montclair High School’s Gay-Straight Student Alliance, was the band’s  first public performance. The group has just released a demo CD and is booking private events. For more information on Rufus and the Ferocious Beast, check out their MySpace page; to get the  CD, e-mail Ian Pelse.

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Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan moved to Verona in 1989. A long-time journalist, she has been on the staff of Money, Sports Illustrated, Bride’s and Redbook magazines. Her articles on health and parenting appear in a variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Self and Family Circle. She and her husband Greg have three school-aged children, and are members of Our Lady of the Lake Church. You can reach Julia at [email protected]


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