Thursday, March 21, 2013
She says this is because of the loss of Larry Markiewicz.
One Bridgewater-Raritan High School graduate, and former member of the band program, said Thursday that in the weeks since director Larry Markiewicz was suspended, the quality of the program has taken a nosedive. "In three weeks, the program has gone from the best in the state to subpar and unmentionable," said Bridgewater resident Becky Orlando. "In a band, the loss of one individual takes a toll on everyone, and thus takes a toll on the entire experience." On March 5, the board of education approved the suspension of Markiewicz with pay pending further review and consideration by the superintendent. On that evening, hundreds of students and parents attended the meeting to speak about Markiewicz and why he should be allowed back at the …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
And 20 students are accepted into the Central Jersey Region Band.
Thursday, January 24
The new year continues to bring unprecedented awards for the Bridgewater-Raritan High School Band. On Jan. 8, the band held the first ever "BRHS Jazz Plus Alumni" performance at the high school where alumni from the music department were invited to play along with the jazz band. The idea was created by artistic director Larry Markiewicz, and was quickly circulated by word of mouth and social networks to the alumni by the current jazz band students. With the help of 2012 alumni and 2012 Drum Major Nick Mossa, 12 BRHS alumni played on stage with the current band. There were no more than two open rehearsals for the alumni and band to get together to select charts and connect or reconnect. On Dec. 8, the Central Jersey Region Band Auditions …
Friday, January 6, 2012
High school bands perform winter concert.
The Bridgewater-Raritan High School bands performed their winter concert Thursday, with the concert band, symphonic band and wind ensemble showing off their talents. The auditorium was completely filled as families and friends turned out to hear the students perform their pieces, some of which they had only rehearsed as a full band that morning. Also recognized during the concert were the students who have auditioned to be members of regional band, many of whom were accepted and were in the top of their division. According to band director Larry Markiewicz, most of the top tuba players in the band are from Bridgewater. Those accepted into the region II band for 2012 are:
Friday, May 20, 2011
Bridgewater-Raritan High School bands host the annual spring concert.
The Bridgewater-Raritan High School held its annual spring concert Wednesday, as the concert band, symphonic band and wind ensemble performed for a full house. Led by band directors Gary Myer and Larry Markiewicz, with student teachers Timothy Nichols and Bokyung Park, the bands performed several songs and featured several students as soloists. The bands performed such pieces as "The Great Locomotive Chase," "West Highlands Sojourn" and "Minutemen."
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Bridgewater-Raritan High School hosted the qualifying rounds for the state championships jazz competition last week.
On March 7, Bridgewater-Raritan High School hosted the state jazz preliminaries, the qualifying round to determine what schools move on to the state championships in April. It was a long day for the jazz bands in Central and Northern Jersey competing that evening. Among the schools to participate, aside from Bridgewater-Raritan, were JP Stevens, East Brunswick, Elizabeth, Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Princeton. Students from the schools cheered as everyone played, waiting to find out the results. Each school had a half hour to perform, and no official awards were given out that night, but all schools were rated bronze, silver and gold. One Bridgewater band received a gold award, while a second received a silver award. Each participating …