Another Successful Season
Thank you, Hazlet Pops, for another enjoyable season of free, open-air concerts in Veterans Park!
Orchestra leaders Ray Lahaye and Tiffani Slattery presented three concerts in July, 2022. (One had to be canceled for extreme heat!) Each night attracted more than 100 people.
The relaxed, peaceful setting by the pond, where the audience could catch a light breeze as they sat back in their lawn chairs, felt like the perfect venue during this unusually hot July. Children were free to play on the playground as adults enjoyed a musical concert by a community band.
Here was the schedule:
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.
Canceled due to heat: July 21:
July 28: "Cinema Spectacular!" featuring music from movie classics such as Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, and Encanto. comboned with "Back To The Classics" featuring music traditional classical selections and a little Elvis.
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.
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.