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Ridgewood High Celebrates Students Named to All-Bergen County Band and National YoungArts Competition Winner

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Ridgewood NJ, Nine Ridgewood High School Band members were named to the All-Bergen County Band; the most of any school in the county. Avery Welcome, principal oboe; Lee Fox, clarinet; Seojin Kevin Kim, clarinet; Edward Liu, clarinet; Elliott Yi, clarinet; Kai Koyama, trumpet; Bryan Park, trumpet; Danielle Haas principal French horn; and Kira Fox, trombone.

Tiffany Chang Clarinet

Sponsored by MEBCI (Music Educators of Bergen County, Inc.), the Bergen County Band recognizes the top student band musicians in our county. Students performed a live audition, consisting of scales and an excerpt from standard band literature.

Bergen County students in grades 9-12 who participate in their high school instrumental music department and are certified as individuals of above average musical ability by their high school instrumental instructor are eligible to audition. Students selected by MEBCI attend three required rehearsals in the week leading up to a final all-county concert on Sunday January 14th, 3:00pm at Bergenfield High School.

In addition, RHS senior and clarinetist Tiffany Chang was a winner in the 2024 National YoungArts Competition in the area of Solo Classical Music. Every year thousands of performing, visual and literary artists aged 15-18 apply to YoungArts through their national competition. Award winners with distinction attend National YoungArts Week to collaborate with peers and develop their crafts with internationally recognized leaders in their fields. Award winners with distinction in their senior year are further eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts—one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

For more information on Ridgewood Public Schools Special Programs, visit the district website. For general questions or follow-up, contact Public Information Officer Christine Corliss at

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