The Boys State Band is an exciting and entertaining part of the week-long program. The band has performed for every New Jersey Governor who has visited Boys State, most recently Governors Brendan Byrne, Thomas Kean, James Florio, Christine Whitman and James McGreevey. While the main aspect of the program is based on politics and government, time is set aside daily for delegates to relax in the form of athletic contests, writing for the daily newspaper and, rehearsals for the band.
Those delegates who currently play in their high school bands/orchestras are eligible to participate in the Boys
State Band. However, only band instruments are used - no pianos, strings, accordion, bass, guitar, etc. We could use
Bagpipes! The band meets daily for about an hour and a half beginning at a time AFTER the sports program
starts, so a delegate can get a game or two in before band rehearsal. At least three performances take place during
the week, a warm-up concert just for delegates, as a ceremonial band for the appearance of the Governor of New
Jersey, and finally, for the graduation ceremony.
Even if you think you might not want to play in the group, bring your instrument anyway and at least give it a try.
All instruments are locked up for security, so no need to worry about your professional or school-owned
Most of the music is patriotic in nature, with original Sousa marches, and even some movie soundtrack selections,
all with a difficulty level of 3 to 3-1/2. It's a sight reading extravaganza, an experience that your band directors
would be happy for you to have. Many of the players are All-Shore, All-County, All-Area, All-Region and All-State.
However, if you are an advanced beginner or at an intermediate level, this group would be very beneficial for you.
It's a low-pressure situation where everyone helps each other.
While the make-up of the band is heavy on the brass side, trumpets and trombones in particular, French horn,
euphonium and tuba players are always needed. Woodwind players of all types are also needed. We get many alto
saxophone players, however, if you double on tenor or baritone sax, bring either of those. Whatever you play, just
bring it! Also, bring a folding wire music stand labeled with your name and school. No instruments can be provided
except for all Percussion so no need to bring snares, sticks, etc.
There is no time for formal playing auditions so delegates are seated in sections based on an application that you
will receive in late April or early May in the U.S. Mail or it is available on this website (link below) and can be
typed online and printed but not saved. Fill out the form and give it to your high school band/orchestra director.
Include a stamped envelope addressed to:
Michael A. Kallimanis
Boys State Band Director
Waldwick, NJ 07463-0092
A short recommendation is requested from your director. Percussionists, only those of you who fill out the
application in advance and have your director mail it in, will be considered for the group. Applications must be
postmarked by the Tuesday before the program begins. After that, bring the form with you on the day of registration.
E-mail the Boys State Band Director
or call 201-652-9000 x5176 (Waldwick HS/MS, 24-hour voice mail).
Click here for the Band Application - you may download or fill it out online and print with your local printer.