Fair Lawn Summer Enrichment Music Program Culminates with a July 26th Concert
More than 165 students, ages 8 to 18, have been singing, playing and rehearsing five days a week since June 27th as part of Fair Lawn High School’s annual Summer Enrichment Music Program. The students have shared a common bond that comes from working together to perfect their individual and group performances for their two summer concerts. The final performance was held on the morning of July 26 in the high school auditorium.
Led by the Fair Lawn High School music director, Paul Kafer, the program offers choral, strings, brass, percussion, guitar, jazz and rock improvisation and music theory classes. “We have a talented team of educators and a great group of students who are developing improved performance and musicianship skills. I am always impressed at how hard everyone works and how much our kids improve in just four weeks,” Kafer said.
Marching Band Continues Summer Practice
The nationally-ranked Fair Lawn High School Marching Band and Color Guard are also rehearsing in July. Members will also spend the last two weeks of August at band camp preparing for an active season of competitions and performances. The marching band has 97 members.
“The Marching Band is one of many dynamic programs that Fair Lawn High School has to offer,” Kafer noted. “It’s a tremendous experience both on and off the field and a great way for students to make friends and learn life lessons. They build confidence, learn to work as a group, develop excellent communication skills, and work towards a common goal of excellence.”
Since 2006, Fair Lawn is the only Bergen County high school to compete at the United States Scholastic Band Association (USSBA) National Championships. The Cutters finished eighth overall and were named National Champions in percussion during the 2010 season. They also claimed their third consecutive Bergen County Invitational title, sweeping all captions in Group IV Open Class competition. The Marching Band and Color Guard then capped their season by leading the parade down Main Street USA in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. in February.
On-field performances are featured at home football games, seven competitions throughout the tri-state area, and conclude at USSBA National Championships at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. in November.