The North Jersey Percussion Festival held at Lazar Middle School was a great success! Thank you to all that helped make that happen and we are looking forward to more of these festivals in the future. Here are the soloist results from this weekend:

Intermediate (High School) Division:

1st Place – Lucy Tarantino (Long Island, NY)
2nd Place- Kimberly Lai (Montville Township, NJ)
Honorable Mention: Neil McNulty (Randolph, NJ)

Advanced (College) Division:

1st Place: Alex Appel (New York University)
2nd Place: Mike Winnicki (Rutgers University)
Honorable Mention: Leonardo Dejesus (New Jersey City University)

Congratulations to all those that performed on March 8th! Some fine playing from high schools, colleges, and professional artists! Until next year!

-Mr. B



After auditions and interviews we have finally picked the marching band leadership for the 2014 season! You can check the listings on the marching band tab under leadership. Congratulations to all of our new leaders!

Leadership meetings will be the first Tuesday of every month from 4-5pm in Lazar Room 40 starting March 4th

-Mr. B

The Montville Band Boosters is sponsoring the very first annual North Jersey Percussion Festival at Lazar Middle School on Saturday, March 8 2014 from 12pm-9 pm. The event will include adjudication for the high school and collegiate percussion ensembles as well as a solo competition.  For information on participating in the event as a soloist or ensemble, please email Joe Bergen at or check out our facebook page: .

Food and refreshments will be served throughout the whole day and the event will culminate with a performance from our very own MTHS Percussion Ensemble, the concerto soloist winner, and guest performers MANTRA Percussion. The concert will take place in the cafeteria at 730pm and tickets for the evening concert will be sold at the door for 5 dollars. All proceeds to benefit the Montville Band Boosters to bring more events like this to Montville.

Thank you all and hope to see you there on March 8th!

I’m am pleased to announce this year’s Jazz Bands for both the middle school and the high school. Check the full roster under the Personnel tab under Jazz Band.

I’m still searching for a pianist and an auxiliary percussionist for the high school group so if you are interested please contact me at

First rehearsal is on Wednesday December 18th before break so I can give you all the music for the season!

-Mr. B

P.S. Reminder: MTHS Marching Band Leadership forms are due in my email by Saturday!!!!

Audition materials are available for all students who are interested in LMS Jazz Band, MTHS Jazz Band, and 2014 MTHS Field Corps Leadership.

  • LMS Jazz Ensemble materials can be retrieved from Mr. B in room 40 at any time and sign up sheets are up! Auditions are after school on Dec.3-5, 10-12. Band Personnel will be posted on this site by December 15th.
  • MTHS Jazz Ensemble materials can be found online here under the Jazz Band tab. Sign up sheets are in room 109 at MTHS. Auditions are after school on Dec.3-5, 10-12 in Lazar Room 40. Band Personnel will be posted on this site by December 15th.
  • MTHS Marching Band leadership information can be found under the marching band tab. Applications for leadership are due December 20th, 2013. Auditions will take place in mid January.

If you would like any more information on this, please email Mr. B at

Good luck at your auditions!!

-Mr. B

1395442_10201728634350330_128866438_nThe MTHS Field Corps had their final competitions of the season- breaking over 90 points again and achieving a high level of performance. We competed at Nationals coming in 10th out of 16 bands from all over the east coast. The race was tight as places 10-7 were all within .9 of a point from one another. It was a great way to end a really great season.

Here we have a picture of the group in 30 degree weather in their visual warm up at 6am. It was an early start but the kids made the most of it! Here’s to another season in the books with MTHS and a successful one introducing plenty of new faces to the band.

Many thanks to the band boosters which helped make this season a success. From the food you guys get the kids, the way you guys worked the home competition, to the tailgate after our nationals performance- this band parent organization is the best! Thanks so much!IMG_6674

Here’s another picture at the awards ceremony. Thanks MTHS Band for another great year!


Just as a reminder, we have our annual band banquet on Thursday, November 14th and we have our percussion ensemble sign up meeting on Tuesday, November 12th at 6pm in the high school band room! Hope to see all there as we kick off our winter season! Thank you all and congratulations to the 2013 Mustang Marching Band!



-Mr. B


The MTHS band has come such a long way so far this season. Proof has been in our last 2 performances- States at Rutgers University was the second time this band has had a solid performance. We walked off the field after having the most exciting performance of the season. The pieces started to click and the energy was palpable from the first step off. We finished with a score of 79.028 and in 4th place winning the caption award for Best Effect. The judges had some really nice compliments for the groups’ performance and the design was loved by all.

Our home show was yesterday, our 9th annual Mustang Classic. 7 bands from around the state and NY came943716_10100413855132845_277472038_n to our show and performed their shows for the hometown crowd. The MTHS Marching Band took the field at 745 pm and blew the place up! They performed with such controlled intensity- I couldn’t have been prouder. The best judge’s comment was ” I can tell your students love to perform and love to perform this show.” We have 2 weeks left in the season so come out and join us in Old Bridge and Met Life for our final two shows of the season.

The MTHS Marching Band had two competitions over the last two weeks. First we went to Paquannock where we finished second (by only .075) and won best visual, best music, and best colorguard. The band had a pretty good performance and we were still ironing out all the kinks in the show.

This past weekend we were at the Yamaha Cup held at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Here’s a picture of our preshow warm up:

MTHS 2013 Yamaha CupThe band had their best show of the season at Met Life Stadium. They walked off the field feeling excited about their accomplishments on the field. They truly played and performed quite well. We finished in 3rd place and received many great comments from the judges. We have so much to add to the show still so we’re excited to turn the show around yet another time before states in two weeks.

Here is a link to our show performance at Met Life Stadium this weekend. Looking forward to two weeks of hard work to make this show go up another level.


Parent Preview- 2013

The 2013 MTHS Field Corps did their annual Parent Preview night at the High School Field this past week. The parents got a chance to see what their kids have been fervently practicing for the past few weeks. A lot of great comments we made by the parents seeing their child for the first time perform as a part of this highly competitive machine.

This past Saturday, the MTHS Field Corps participated in their first competition at Morris Knolls High School. They placed 2nd and won best music, best colorguard, and best visual. We went and performed the closing number as a musical standstill. We have so many gears to go these next couple weeks and the students are ready to practice and make this show a very exciting, captivating, and fun program.

-Mr. B