Music Student of the Month


Jackson Devico, Stephen Giercyk, Jason Meenan, Dylan Quattro, John Yager; Unable to attend: Landon Buell                    

MPAC Music Students of November

Students from schools based in Jefferson Twp, Chatham, Parsippany, Morristown, Kinnelon and Randolph were honored as Mayo Performing Arts Center November Music Students of the Month – Outstanding Jazz Musicians-- prior to the Tuesday, November 15 performance of the Big Head Blues Club featuring Big Head Todd & the Monsters.

The students were recognized for their achievements on stage prior to the concert and had the opportunity to meet members of the group after the performance.

Students were nominated by their teachers and were chosen by the Theatre’s Education Department based on their commitment to and excellence in the performing arts. The Theatre will honor a group of students every month throughout the season and invites area teachers to nominate students for this honor. Students will be invited to perform at a year-end recital in June.

The 2016-2017 Music Student of the Month program is sponsored by The Provident Bank Foundation.

Music Students of the Month are: (bios provided by school) 

Landon Buell                      
Grade 12, Jefferson Township High School, Oak Ridge; Nominated by Rich Barrieres
Landon plays guitar in our JTHS Jazz Band.  He brings a high level of understanding to the group in the areas of rhythm and lead guitar and has also shared his understanding of improvisation, inspiring our student players.  He has demonstrated great skill in arranging and composing for all types of instruments.  He is the creative force behind our stellar JTHS Rock Fusion Orchestra; of which he is the conductor.  In addition, he has conducted several songs for our JTHS Choir concert performances.  His passion and skills as a musician transcend those of his peers.  Landon is currently applying to many different colleges to continue his education as a music performance major after graduation.

Jackson DeVico                                
Grade 8, Chatham Middle School, Chatham; Nominated by Christie Spriggs
Jackson is an asset t our school’s Jazz Band.  He has been a member since 6th grade and has played 1st trumpet all 3 years of involvement.  He is a true leader of his section of the band, and acts as the group’s student President.  Last year Jackson began arranging a piece for the Jazz Band (Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Let’s Groove”) and has recently finished the arrangement.  He will act as a student conductor this spring and direct the group in his performance arrangement.

Stephen Giercyk                                
Grade 12, Parsippany High School, Parsippany; Nominated by Gregory Dalakian
Stephen has been a dedicated and valuable member of every part of our Music Department at Parsippany High School during his high school career, especially our Jazz Ensemble.  Stephen has been our bass player since his freshman year and has contributed a great deal to the success of our group.  He is very passionate about playing the bass and jazz music in general, and is always willing to improvise solos whenever asked.  Stephen has been a great asset to our program at PHS.

Jason Meenan                                  
Grade 8, Pearl R. Miller School, Kinnelon; Nominated by Brian Scanlon
Jason has been an outstanding member of our school’s Jazz-Rock Ensemble since 6th grade.  This is evident as he made the ensemble in 6th grade by demonstrating a high level of skill, but most important an extremely high level of ambition.  Jason made it clear that he absolutely love to play his alto saxophone, however in the Jazz Ensemble, Jason really stands out.  From the beginning he has shown he has the drive and the fearlessness to grow into a very skilled improviser.  He has the big sound and presence to demand the attention of the audience and other members of the ensemble.  He shows up ready to work and continually seeks extra help and guidance to achieve the high standards he has set for himself.  He has and will continue to be a positive leader in our group.

Dylan Quattro                                    
Grade 10, Morristown High School, Morristown; Nominated by Michael Russo
Dylan has been involved in all aspects of the Music Department for the past two years.  He is a trumpet player in the Morristown HS Wind Ensemble and the Lead Trumpeter in the Spectrum Jazz Ensemble.  Dylan has successfully auditioned for many Honor Groups including being selected 1st Chair Trumpet in Jr. Region 1 Band and Jr. Region Orchestra and Lead Trumpet in the Region 1 Junior HS Jazz Ensemble.  Dylan has proven that by participating in these ensembles that he can be responsible and manage his time well.  Dylan has also participated in many other musical activities outside of Morristown High School that have enhanced his knowledge and appreciation of music.  Dylan possesses great desire and works hard to achieve his goals.  He is a very talented young many in many areas.  His high level of talent and his natural enthusiasm make him an excellent candidate for the Music Student of the Month.

John Yager                                        
Grade 12, Randolph High School, Randolph; Nominated by David Miller
John is a highly motivated student.  He has participated in Randolph High School’s Jazz Ensemble for the past two years, working yard to develop a swinging feel and rich tenor sax sound.  He eagerly volunteers to improvise during rehearsal and has been featured in many concerts.  John is a fine, young man of excellent character who is honest, forthright, and intellectually inquisitive.  It is his love of jazz music that motivates him to achieve and it will be this same passion that will drive him to musical success.

The Music Student of the Month Program is generously underwritten by:

About The Provident Bank Foundation:

The Provident Bank Foundation was established by New Jersey's oldest bank in 2003 to enhance the quality of life in New Jersey through support of not-for-profit groups, institutions, schools and other organizations that provide services in communities served by Provident Bank. Since its founding, the Foundation has provided more than $18 million in grants for programs focusing on education, health, wellness, recreation, the arts and social and civic services.

About Music Student of the Month

The Mayo Performing Arts Center is thrilled to continue the Music Student of the Month (MSOM) Program this year.  This student recognition program was recognized as “outstanding” by the New Jersey State Council of the Arts, and has honored hundreds of students over the last twelve years.  Thank you to all you educators who have taken time to nominate students!

Our program is not designed to simply honor extraordinary musicians, but to honor those students who put forth a tremendous effort to embody what it is to be a good member of a band, choir, or orchestra.  We are looking for Morris County students who demonstrate extraordinary leadership, personal development, and an overall sense of musicianship. 

Each month, we will choose 2-8 students representing various schools. Students who are selected will receive two tickets (one for themselves and one for a chaperone) to a special performance at The Mayo Performing Arts Center during which they will be honored on stage.
We will be handling all nominations through email. To nominate students, please have your MSOM representative email the following information each month:

  • Nominating instructor and contact information every month (including phone number, email address and school address)
  • Student’s name
  • Student’s grade level
  • Description (at least a paragraph) as to why they should be chosen
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