Morris Plains “Getting the Band Back Together!”
Four members of the Morris Plains Club have joined the effort to reincarnate their town band that previously performed from 1888 to 1953. Originally formed and conducted by the town blacksmith, Larry Monahan, who led the band for 52 years until his death in 1940, the band had been dormant for 63 years until this group of Rotarians and other local musicians revived it last October. The group numbers over thirty members, ranging in age from 11 to 75, rehearses weekly and performs monthly at area nursing homes and senior residences. Rotarians include PDG Larry Ripley (director), PDG Ted Krisanda (trumpet), Mike Loughman (tuba), Lou Slaby (clarinet) and Nutley Rotarian Bob Ciocco (Sax).
PDG Larry conducts the Morris Plains Community Band
in a recent concert in the park.