Saturday, September 22, 2012
Police Pipes and Drums of Bergen County bring back the tradition of the Icebreaker as part of their 20th anniversary celebration.
More than several hundred hundred people gathered at Ross Dock in Fort Lee Friday to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Police Pipes and Drums of Bergen County. Pipers from as far away as Chicago; police, firemen and first responders from all over the state and beyond; friends and family came out on what can only be described as a picture perfect day. New Milford resident Kenny Perrino, band drum sgt. and detective-sgt. of the Fort Lee Police department, and Brian McKeever, band president and Hillsdale police officer, organized the three-day event that included a a welcoming party at Poitin Still in Hackensack Thursday, the Icebreaker on Friday and the pipe band concert Saturday at BergenPac. McKeever said that the band has been to …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Three day celebration brings in pipe bands from Boston, Chicago, Cleveland and New York, and welcomes the return of the "Icebreaker."
Sergeant Kenny Porrino, a detective in the Fort Lee Police Department and a resident of New Milford, has been a member of the Police Pipes and Drums of Bergen County since its inception in 1992. "We've never put together something as large as this event," Porrino said. "Nothing on a scale like this." Porrino, now a Drum Sgt. and Vice President of the band, recounted the band's origins 20 years ago when Drum Major Mike Conway (ret. Fort Lee Police) and George Kellinger (ret. detective Bergen County Sheriff Dpt.), both volunteer Fort Lee firefighters, had the idea to start a pipe and drum band in memory of their friend, Doug Connell. Connell, also from Fort Lee, was a drummer and founding member of the NYPD’s Emerald Society Pipe Band. …
Monday, August 20, 2012
beyondEDUCATION at bergenPAC showcases its new schedule of Fall programs.
BergenPac's Education Director, Alexander Diaz, NMHS 2003, is excited about the fall programs being offered through beyondEducation. "We have new classes being offered, New York City teaching artists and great new shows that enrolled students will be able to attend, as well as do master classes with," Diaz said. The 2012 Fall Session begins Sept. 10 and runs through Dec. 2. Here are the courses being offered this Fall: Music Speaks: An early childhood music program that provides developmentally appropriate music for infants, toddlers, and pre-school children, ages 0 through 4 1/2 years old. This program uses a mix of traditional and contemporary songs with a world beat designed to bring out the innate musical nature of young children…
Monday, July 23, 2012
New Milford native Alexander Diaz brings 'Children of Eden' to the stage of BergenPac
Using the bible as its basis, "Children of Eden" is musical about parents and children and the consequences of choices and it was brought to the stage of BergenPac by New Milford's own Alexander Diaz. A graduate of NMHS, Diaz serves as the Director of Arts Education at BergenPAC, where he has brought the Beyond Education program to the New Milford Schools. "Children of Eden" had a cast comprised of many young and asipiring actors and actresses from New Milford and was a huge success this weekend.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
New Milford High School dance students participating in beyondEDUCATION's annual dance performance.
bergenPAC's beyondEDUCATION program will be hosting their annual Dance Performance "Body & Soul" this Sunday at bergenPAC. Students from New Milford High School's beyondDANCE program will be performing in the show. In New Milford High School, the beyondDANCE program is a partnership between bergenPAC and NMHS. As part of the partnership, bergenPAC sends professional dance instructors to the high school where students are taught creative movement in classes ranging from hip-hop to ballet, tap to jazz, modern to ethnic. Part of New Milford’s dance program includes the students performing at bergenPAC’s “Beyond Dance: Body & Soul” performance. Beyond Dance: Body & Soul is Sunday, June 10 at 2 pm and 6 pm. Tickets are $15 for students and …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Alexander Diaz, bergenPac's Education Director, offers schools premiere arts education classes while giving students a chance to cultivate their art from veteran artists.
Walking into the office of Alexander Diaz, bergenPac's Education Director and a 2003 graduate of New Milford High School, is like finding yourself backstage right before the curtain goes up on opening night. That frenetic “The Show Must Go On” energy resonates throughout the office. Phones are ringing, people are rushing around and there’s paper everywhere. When Diaz came on as bergenPac’s Education Director he wanted to expand the reach of the arts into area schools. His vision was to deliver to North Jersey students top instruction in musical theater and dance to their schools while also giving them the opportunity to attend master classes by artists headlining at bergenPac, such as Dionne Warwick and the Filipino Dance Company. "In …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Auditions for this musical being held April 29 and May 17 at bergenPAC.
NMHS alumni, Alex Diaz, Director of Arts Education at bergenPAC, announced that auditions for the upcoming bergenPAC production of "Children of Eden" are being held Sunday, April 29 from 11am to 4pm and on Thursday, May 17 from 4pm to 9pm by appointment. Using the bible as its basis, "Children of Eden" is musical about parents and children and the consequences of choices. Act I is centered on Adam and Eve and their banishment from Eden, ending with Eve hopeful that her children can regain entrance into Eden. Act II is centered on Noah and the story of the flood and his reliance on the voice of God for direction. Audition Requirements for ages 12 -23: Audition Requirements for ages 5-11: All audition dates are by appointment only and there…
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Fundraiser to include performances by returning alumni
New Milford High School will be hosting an alumni concert fundraiser at 8 p.m. Friday in the James Africano Auditorium of New Milford High School. The fundraiser will feature Jonathan Silver, class of 2005 and director of this year's spring musical, along with the cast of 9-to-5: The Musical. Performing at the alumni concert fundraiser will be alumni Rob McClure, class of 2000, who has appeared on Broadway in Avenue Q and is currently playing the role of Charlie Chaplin in Limelight. Alexander Diaz, who graduated in 2003, Director of Arts Education at bergenPac will also be attending the fundraiser along with Benjamin Golomb, class of 2002, Marissa Martinez, class of 2003, Marissa Mitchell, class of 2000 and Christian Diaz, Jessica Day, …