Hazlet Pops

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Join Us for Free Outdoor Concerts
July 2022

Hazlet Township is pleased to welcome back the Hazlet Pops community band this summer!

Orchestra leaders Ray Lahaye and Tiffani Slattery will present four music programs for your listening pleasure.  All concerts are free and scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursdays at the gazebo in Veterans Park. Rain dates will be announced if necessary. Please bring a chair or blanket to sit upon; no chairs are provided. 

July 7:  "Honoring Our Heroes" featuring patriotic music. 

July 14: "Give Our Regards To Broadway" featuring music from Phantom of The Opera, Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys, and more. 

July 21: "Cinema Spectacular!" featuring music from movie classics such as Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, and Encanto. 

July 28: "Back To The Classics" featuring music traditional classical selections and a little Elvis. 

No registration necessary. Just come and enjoy! 

Cancelations due to weather will be announced on this page; no pre-planned Rain Dates are scheduled at this time.

Join the Hazlet Pops 

February 1, 2022
Hello there! The Hazlet Pops is warming up for the 2022 season. Grab your instrument and come join the fun. Rehearsals will start in May for our summer performances in the parks. Please fill out the easy application to be contacted. Thank you!

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Hazlet Pops 2021

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About The Hazlet Pops

On March 21 2021, Hazlet Township announced the formation of an exciting new community band called The Hazlet Pops to perform four free public concerts outdoors, during the summer, at Hazlet parks. The inaugural season was a hit! 

The band is led by 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. Fiumano has also assumed the leadership of the Hazlet Pops Jazz Band, formed in 2021. 

2021 Original Schedule - HazletPopsCommunityBand Concert themes in 2021 included Patriotic, Movie Music, Broadway Tunes and Back to the Classics Night. Wet weather disrupted the original schedule, but fortunately the band members were able to be flexible and adjusted to the rescheduled dates.

The Hazlet Pops welcomes players with their own instruments from 9th grade on up. To sign-up, please fill out a brief application.

The inspiration to create the Hazlet Pops came from Hazlet Township Committeeman Skip McKay. It came about when thinking about how to present activities in Veterans Park in the summer of 2021 while respecting social distancing protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "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. The vision became a reality, and the band continued to contribute musicality to other township events, like the Memorial Day ceremony and the 9/11 Candlelight Commemoration. In 2022, Lahaye anticipates performing at the Oct. 1 Hazlet Day celebration.