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A Thank You From Marching Band Director Erik Lynch

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Students, Parents, & VHS Community:

I am struck by a quote this morning by Victor Hugo: “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”.

In quintessentially Verona music family form, our beloved Marching Maroon & White concluded our competitive season with an absolutely electric performance of American Colors. The energy was infectious, as the band filled the VHS gym with the music of Gershwin and Copland.

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We were fortunate to finish in first place, however, what I love, love, love about the VHS Band is that they knew what they did long before the judges announced the scores. The tears, hugs, and pure epiphanic joy was omnipresent as we huddled in the band room, and by far supersedes any pedantic judging rubric. We continue to be outside-of-the-box committing to playing the absolute best repertoire we can get our hands on, while having the largest band-to-school ratio of any school I have ever seen!

A special thank you to Mrs. Gabrielle Caprari, Mr. Brad Caprari, the entire Verona Music Parents Association, our supportive administration, and our community at large for running an incredible indoor experience (not easy at at all!) and giving our students, and the students of North Jersey a singular experience. Additionally, my heartfelt gratitude goes out to the staff of the Verona Marching Maroon & White.

An additional shout-out to our wonderful seniors for four years of pride, passion, and intensity: Emily Andersen, Elizabeth Barile, Izzie Buneo, Gus Caprari, Lily Dastis, Ariana Dyer, Diana Ednie, Irene Eremita, Kelly Esposito, Sophia Franculla, Kayla Golebieski, Molly Ligon, Abby Nochimson, Joe Priori, Rachel Seubert, Rebecca Seubert, Jessica Spinelli, Hector Vega, Collin Welsh and Emma Yee

A quick recap of our competitions:

  • Roxbury: 2nd Place, Best Overall Effect
  • West Orange: 2nd Place
  • Hanover Park: 1st Place
  • Wayne Hills: Gold Rating
  • Verona: First Place

–Mr. Lynch

Photos copyright Andy Yeates. Used by permission.

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