Middle School Band students have grown into skilled musicians

Middle School Band students have grown into skilled musicians

The growth of the musical talents of the students from the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School was on full display when the Spring Band Concert was performed on Monday, May 20.

Under the guidance of Barron Caromano, the 7th Grade Band Director, and Ashlen Udell, the 8th Grade Band Director, the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School students delivered a robust concert that evening before family, friends, and staff in the school’s auditorium.

For Ms. Udell, the performance capped a highly successful two-year partnership.

“It has been so special to work with these 8th graders over the past two years at the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School,’’ Ms, Udell said. “ They have grown so much and have such musical ability. I can not wait to see what they accomplish in the high school band program.”

Mr. Caromano reflected on the first year that he spent with his 7th Grad musicians—- and what the future holds.

“The 7th  Grade Band did a really great job on their performance,” Mr. Caromano claimed. “It is gratifying to see how they are maturing as people and musicians.  I am looking forward to our time together next year as they move on to 8th grade!”

Both Directors shared their thoughts on various groups who performed—a testament to their dedicated directorship.

“The Wind Ensemble had a lovely and musical performance at this concert. They were very focused which was hard to do with it being so warm and humid on stage. They really rose to the challenge and I am proud of the end result,” Ms. Udell declared.

Ms. Udell spoke highly about the student-run Flute Ensemble.

“I was very impressed with the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School Flute Ensemble as they were completely student-run,’ she said.

Ms. Udell explained their growth as well.

“The students started a Google form, planned rehearsals during lunch, and met with me after school two times to put everything together. They performed without a conductor and were so professional! It was a great way to start the concert!”

Mr. Caromano admired the challenge that his Jazz Ensemble faced and then achieved.

“The Jazz Ensemble played with groove and style!  I was especially happy for all of the musicians who took the risk to play improvised solos on Afro Blue,’ he said. “Not only did they take the risk, but they all succeeded abundantly in their improvisations!”

Mr. Caromano concluded:

“I am proud of all of our students who put in the time and effort to make these performances happen!"


Here are some of the performances from the concert.



BRMS Band Concert video 1


BRMS Band Concert video 2