Students showcase art, music


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  • Photos by Patricia Keller The Elementary Band showed their stuff to the crowd.




  • Mural was one of the many different arts on display.




  • Sculpture students displayed their artwork at the arts festival.




  • The woodworking was impressive.




  • Members of the Highlanders Pipes and Drums entertained the crowd at the arts festival.



Music and art students from all West Milford Schools showed their talents in the grand four-part all-district Arts Festival held at West Milford High School on March 27. Band and choir students in grades 5 through 12, and the West Milford High School Dance Team and Indoor Color Guard performed in the gym and auditorium. Art works of many varieties from all schools were showcased throughout the evening in the caféteria. A new TV science program exhibit was also presented in the faculty lounge.

The Arts
Beautiful and creative artwork of various styles and mediums from all grade levels were displayed in a grand exhibit for festival attendees to view throughout the evening. The exhibit featured student projects in visual art, photography and industrial arts. Students’ works in watercolor, sculpture, woodworking, graphic design, industrial arts, fine arts, and more, were presented in the exhibition that not only showcased the talents of the students, but also showed the variety of programs available to them through the schools.

With the recent purchase of a 3D printer, Computer-Aided Design (CAD 2) students are progressing to the next level of study and execution in 3D modeling. Custom designed chess pieces, iPhone/iPod cases, and iPad stands will be created with the 3D printer, using the plans and skills they have developed in class. Working concurrently with the Woodshop class, the students have also been designing custom wood chess boards for their personal chess pieces.

Paintings in murals, impressive original creations, replicas and dramatic artistic interpretations of works inspired by famous artists lined the walls of the caféteria. The Music

The instrumental music portion of the evening held in the gym began with a rousing pre-concert performance by the high school Percussion Pit Players entertaining the crowd as they arrived with select “jams” played by the students on drums, keyboard, electric guitar, bagpipes and xylophones.

The Elementary Beginners Band (5th grade students from all elementary schools) performed impressively. The Macopin 7th Grade Band had the crowd singing along with “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The Highlander Pipe and Drum Corps also made a special appearance to the delight of the capacity crowd, entertaining all with their synchronistic and signature style, marching in time to the beating of the drums and the skirl of the bagpipes. The Highlander Symphonic Band also wowed the crowd.

The West Milford High School Dance Team and the Indoor Color Guard entertained the crowd with their inspirational routines.

The high school Concert Choir enchanted the audience with their harmonious performance. The 7th and 8th grade chorus performed and the all-district Elementary Chorus performed fun versions of some pieces.

The older band students, including the Elementary Advanced Band, Macopin 8th Grade Band and the Highlander Band played to the delight of the crowd.

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