On October 22, the day was devoted to string music at Red Bank Regional High School, during a multi school event spotlighting students from RBR, its sending schools of Red Bank Middle School and Markham Place in Little Silver, as well as Middletown’s Bayshore Middle School and High School North. The event was organized by RBR strings teacher Jeffrey Boga, and guest artists who conducted workshops and visited classrooms included baroque musician Laura Apello, guitarist Kevin Kelly, Monmouth Symphony Orchestra member Kathryn Morrison, and Monmouth Conservatory members Irna Kavolsky and Christina Villiagomez. Jennifer Brush of Markham Place Middle School shared the conducting honors with Jeffrey Boga in the afternoon’s performance event.
Red Bank Regional senior Joseph Ferguson attained his Eagle Scout Rank by supervising the construction of 10 cajons (simple drums) for Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Asbury Park. He is pictured with the cajons, and the school’s music teacher Micki Stukane.
Press release from Red Bank Regional High School
As a senior in the Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPA) at Red Bank Regional High School, Joseph Ferguson of Little Silver has used every opportunity to make his passion for music part of his life, both in and out of school. A piano major, he plays the keyboard in RBR’s jazz band, and doubles as a percussionist in the concert band. He also volunteers his music talents with the summer band camp program at his alma mater Markham Place Middle School, and played in the pit band for school musical productions. Joe earned membership in the Tri-M Music Honor Society, and outside of school has entertained at restaurants and parties.
So when it came time for this member of Little Silver’s Boy Scout Troop 126 to choose an Eagle Scout project, Joe looked to music to help him achieve the highest level in scouting. He discovered the inspiration during a visit to an Asbury Park music store, where he encountered a “build it yourself” kit for a cajon, a six-sided, box-shaped South American percussion instrument played by slapping the front or rear faces (usually thin plywood) with the hands and fingers.
A cast and crew of teens from local schools rehearse A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, the annual “Little Shakespeare” production that presents four public performances this weekend. (Photos courtesy of Two River Theater Company)
They hail from Red Bank Regional, Markham Place Middle School and Rumson Country Day School — and they meet by moonlight in the enchanted woods outside Athens, as conjured by William Shakespeare in his most kinetic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Actually, the forest faeries, passionate young lovers and amateur actors of the Bard’s most magical mystery tour will assemble inside the “black box” performance space at Two River Theater this week. And when the imaginary curtain goes up on this Midsummer Night for 10 performances between April 23 (Shakespeare’s birthday) and May 1, it will mark the latest in a new series of annual productions presented under a program entitled “A Little Shakespeare.”