Wednesday, March 21, 2012


logoHanover Wind Symphony: IGNITION
WHEN: Wednesday, March 28, at 7 PM
WHERE: Dover High School, 100 Grace St., Dover
For further information about the Hanover Wind Symphony or the March 28 Ignition concert, visit

Matthew Paterno of Parsippany, musical director and conductor of the symphony, notes that "This concert has been titled Ignition because the HWS is seeking to provide a spark of music interest for high school students that will last them a lifetime. The concert will feature an array of band works that are exciting to play and musically meaningful. Our hope is that the example of the adults who are still involved in music will serve as an inspiration to the younger musicians."

Dan Vazquez of Randolph, a percussionist with HWS and the band director at Dover High School, will be a guest conductor for the concert. The concert will include a performance by the Dover High School Band.

Kurt & John SchumacherKurt Zimmerman (left) of Rockaway, associate conductor and a trumpet virtuoso, will also lead the orchestra.

John Schumacher (right)  of Roxbury will be a trumpet soloist.


Among the pieces to be performed on March 28 are:

  • "Ignition," by Todd Stalter
  •  "Seize the Day," by Patrick Burns
  • "Cry of the Last Unicorn," by Rossaro Gallante
  • "Khan," by Julie Giroux
  • "And the Antelopes Play," by John Carnahan
  • "Block M March," by Jerry Bilik
  • "American Jazz Suite," by Allen Vizzuti

For more than 25 years, the Hanover Wind Symphony has played to enthusiastic audiences in and around greater Morris County. The symphony thrives on sharing the enjoyment of music with live audiences, and helps mentor the next generation of wind musicians. The symphony’s president is Philip Hughes of Whippany.

The Hanover Wind Symphony, which received a 2011 Local Arts Grant from the Arts Council of the Morris Area, serves the community by playing marches, toe-tappers, and standards while also presenting pieces written by current active composers, some of whom are members of the ensemble. The group provides a platform to showcase world-class artists, among them Joseph Alessi and Philip Smith of the New York Philharmonic; Patrick Sheridan, one of the world’s most famous tuba players; Steven Meade, world-renowned euphonium soloist and recording artist; and Dr. Paul Cohen, the world’s premier classical alto saxophone player.