OCEAN TOWNSHIP: The 80-member Ocean High Township School Band brought its Winter Band Concert to the stage on Thursday under the baton of Kyle Litmas, Director of Bands.
The players delivered a delightful and challenging variety of sounds and songs. The program began in first segment with a traditional sounds and exciting full instrument performance of brass, woodwinds, percussion and keyboard. The music was the artwork of current writers before Intermission.
The Jazz Band took on the closing half of the concert with jazz, the fanfare of Act 1 spiked with extra gusto, some fun-fare that brought back the tempo and fervor remembered by guests and parents who immediately settled back to just enjoy the rhythms of 40s to 80s type themes, the foot tapping beat of past and current generations.
Treats were sold in the school foyer during the Intermission, cookies and candies and juices and soda. The profits go to the band for the band trip and expenses not part of the day to day music classroom costs.
Much of the goodies were homemade, treats of special recipes served by members of the OTHS Parents Association whose members also contributed on preparations with school staffers.
Association President Tony Esposito explained the groups purpose and welcomed all parents wishing to join. The BPA runs fundraisers for the band members to earn money toward the cost of the annual band/choir trip, for example. The volunteer group meets each second Tuesday at the ban room.
On December 18, 3 P.M., at Barnes and Noble in the Eatontown Mall there is a book fair where B&N give financial support based on sales if you mention you heard about it from OTHS. The store has a full selection of books, recorded venue, gifts and a nice dining facility for visitors to enjoy. Nice gifts for those still holiday shopping.