HBW Takes Home Music Trophies


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Verona’s H.B. Whitehorne Middle School has a shade over 600 students. Yet on Friday, May 20, it sent eight buses with  four different bands and two vocal groups to Music In The Parks, a regional music competition in south Jersey. Anyone who has been to an HBW performance would say that there’s a lot of  quality in that quantity and the judges at Music In The Parks agreed.

The White Band, which is made up of 5th and 6th graders, took first place in its group with a rating of “Excellent”. So did the school’s Maroon and Gold bands. The Jazz band brought home a first place with a rating of “Superior”. HBW Voices got a third place trophy, while Acoustics, which tackles more difficult vocal compositions, won first place with a rating of “Excellent”.

Between the group accolades , the judges also singled out four performers for their work: Mia Corbett and Billy Gault for the vocals in “Lean On Me”, PJ Walshe as best student accompanist on that piece and others, and Austin Yee for his trombone solo in the Jazz band.

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You can listen to te HBW Acoustics’ “Lean On Me” here, and we’ve got several other videos on MyVeronaNJ’s YouTube page: “Go Down Moses” by HBW Voices; the Jazz band’s “El Rey Del Sol” (with Austin Yee’s solo), the White band’s “Westwind Overture“, the Maroon band’s “Ancient Moon“, and the Gold band’s “Legend Of Knife River“.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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