Fresh off the success of their inaugural season as a community orchestra, the talented musicians of Hazlet Pops are forming a community Jazz Band to play at community events. It will be led by Carmine Fiumano. The band welcomes members from in and around Hazlet Township. Find more information on the Sign-Up form.
About Hazlet Pops
On March 21, Hazlet Township announced the formation of a new community band called Hazlet Pops. This new band would rehearse together and perform this summer in Hazlet parks.
The band is under the direction Raymond Lahaye, the leader of the renowned Raritan High School Marching Band. The associate director is Carmine Fiumano, who is active in the school's Summer Alumni Band. Hazlet Pops includes players with their own instruments from 9th grade on up.
Hazlet Township Committeeman Skip McKay said he thought of the idea when thinking about how to present activities in Veterans Park this summer while respecting social distancing protocols. "We love the idea of people families coming to our beautiful park to spread out a blanket and enjoy a free concert by a community band," he said.
Concert themes are Patriotic, Movie Music, Broadway Tunes and Back to the Classics Night.
"Musicians have not been able to get together during the pandemic, so there will be a lot of enthusiasm for Hazlet Pops," said Lahaye. "We know there is a lot of talent in the Hazlet area. We welcome all of them and can't wait to start playing."
Following the success of the summer season, the Hazlet Pops has announced members will now form a new jazz band to play at community events.