USSBA Band of the Day: Verona High School

Hosting a USSBA Silver Star event on Oct. 2


The Verona High School Marching Band is hosting a US Scholastic Band Association show on Oct. 2 at the high school in Verona, N.J. Let’s learn a little more about them: 

Name of School/Band:

            Verona High School/Marching Maroon and White 

Directors and Staff:

Band Director – Erik Lynch

Assistant Band Director – Dan Halpern

Marching Instructor/Drill Writer – Ken Sadowsky

Color Guard Instructors – Beth Kierez, Bernard Kierez

Color Guard Assistant Instructor– Kelly Backus

Percussion Caption Head – Kenneth Riehman

Drum Line Instructor – Tim Haney

Pit Instructor – Anthony Fabrizio 

Share the challenges of getting your band on the field.  

We are so fortunate to have 130 of the roughly 575 students enrolled at the high school in the Marching Band. These students are not only wonderful musicians, but are athletes as well. Therefore we have to share some rehearsal time to strike a balance with the students who participate in fall sports. The Marching Maroon and White rehearse only one night a week, so it is so important that we maximize our time! In addition we hope and pray that everyone remembers to move his or her car from the parking lot so we can have our rehearsal.

What's been the most rewarding part of it all?  

The family atmosphere that permeates the band room is warm, comforting, and inviting. Band directors are so fortunate to have the opportunity to watch their students grow over the course of the four years at the high school. It is immensely gratifying to see the students embody the work ethic that is imparted from the staff.  

Tell us about your students. What makes them so terrific?           

Where does one start? Hard working, sensitive, kind, warm, determined, proud, passionate, intense – the list is endless. In the end, we have 130 incredible young adults who dedicate themselves whole-heartedly to this unique art form.  

Tell us about your upcoming USSBA show. What makes your USSBA show incredible? 


Band of the Day is an occasional feature of the US Scholastic Band Association spotlighting the many wonderful host schools of the Association. Are you hosting a USSBA event and want to be featured as Band of the Day? Email Tara Lee Bryant at



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