2004 - 2005 South School Year In Review In September, we welcomed Mr. George Heffentrager and Mrs. Sandy Olson full-time to our music department and Mr. Daniel Kenworthy joined us until December.  We also welcomed 550 students into our instrumental music program. Music lessons and before school rehearsals were in full swing!

In December, music students performed their winter musical selections in two separate concerts for both the South Brunswick and Crossroads South communities. 6th grader Jessica Herskovitz and 7th graders James Ross and John Elliot received the Westminster Conservatory of Music scholarships.

In January, the Jazz Band received the rating of “Superior” at the Nottingham High School Jazz Band Festival as well as the Outstanding Trombone section award for the entire festival.  James Ross was selected as outstanding soloist. Irene Lin successfully auditioned for the Central Jersey Region II Orchestra.

February saw 1,099 candles and 1,328 pizza kits delivered to Crossroads South and a team of Music Parents distributed all of them to their rightful owners. Matthew Cohen and Joe Myers successfully auditioned for the Central Jersey Region II Jazz Band conducted by Mr. John Ketterer.

The production of Guys and Dolls took place in March with an all middle school cast and pit orchestra. You had to see it to believe it!  Also in March, the Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble performed in the Steinert Jazz Band Festival.  The Jazz Ensemble received a rating of “Excellent” and the Jazz Band received an “Outstanding” rating and received the Best Sax Section award.

In May, the Vocal Ensemble performed in the New Jersey Middle School Choral Festival at Rowan University and we hosted the Central Jersey Middle School Concert Band Festival. In June, 350 students participated in our Choral/Jazz concert to a standing-room only audience.  On June 4 – 5, we took 11 buses and an entourage of 500 students, teachers and chaperones to our annual junket to Hershey Park with the results as follows:

Our ten performing groups were winners in every way!

And, on June 7, 2005, we present our Annual Spring Concert!  Seventh grader Daria Gonzalez won the Westminster Conservatory of Music scholarship.