The following was submitted to Patch by the Ridgewood High School Bands.
On Thursday, June 5, the Ridgewood High School Bands will present their annual “Tunes in June” concert. The concert, which will be held at the Kasschau Memorial Band Shell at Veterans Field in Ridgewood, begins at 8:00 PM and admission is free.
This concert will feature the school’s three curricular bands - the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Wind Ensemble – performing a wide array of light and popular selections, along with solo performances featuring some of the band’s outstanding senior musicians. The concert will also be a time for the band to recognize its 35 graduating seniors.
The concert kicks off a summer of free performances at the Shell. See the full schedule here. Attendees are asked to bring a chair or blanket.
The Ridgewood High School Band Program is Bergen County's largest, comprised of more than 230 students who participate in no fewer than 15 varied musical ensembles. The curricular bands, marching band, jazz ensembles, chamber ensembles, winter color guard and twirlers have been acclaimed locally, regionally, and nationally for superior performance.
Individually, members of the Ridgewood High School Bands are chosen annually to perform in honor ensembles at the county, regional, and state levels.
The bands highlighted the accomplishments of several students:
- Victoria Chung, oboe, is a student of Richard Dallessio and previously studied with Kyungmi Bae. Victoria is a member of the Wind Ensemble at RHS and a current student of the Juilliard Pre-college Program. She has performed in the 28th Annual Young Musicians program of the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center and she played first oboe at the Yewon Annual Orchestra concert in the June, 2010. Victoria has been principal oboe of the Region Orchestra, and a member of the All State Band. She played in the New Jersey Youth Symphony as principal oboist in 2012. In competition, she placed second in the 2007 Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra competition, placed first in the 2009 Youngsan Music competition held in Seoul, and third in the 2012 Young Artist competition of NJ. She was also one of the finalists of 2013 Blount-Slawson Young Artist Concerto competition in Alabama and she played solo concerto with the Hankook Symphony Orchestra in 2008. Victoria will be attending the Juilliard School as a music performance major in the fall.
- Emmett Rapaport, alto saxophone, is a private student of Mark Friedman and Lois Hicks-Wozniak. He has been a member of the RHS Jazz Lab, Big Band, the Saxophone Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Wind Ensemble, and has performed in the pit orchestra for New Players productions. He has played alto and tenor saxophone in the RHS Marching Band, and is currently a member of the saxophone quartet, in which he plays soprano saxophone. He has held positions as lead alto/tenor saxophone in the Region I Band, Region I Jazz Ensemble, All-State Band, and All-State Jazz Ensemble. He recently won first place in the Ridgewood Concert Band Young Musician’s Concerto Competition, and performed Ibert’s “Concertino de Camera” on their May concert. Emmett will be attending Michigan University as a music education major in the fall.