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Instrument Test Drive Invitation for Roxbury 4th Graders and their Families


Instrument Test Drive Invitation for Roxbury 4th Graders and their Families 

Roxbury R logo in blue and gold with a gold music note inside the R ROXBURY, NJ (April 3, 2019) – The Roxbury Instrumental Music Department will be holding a Roxbury Instrument Test Drive for all Roxbury fourth-grade students.  

All fourth-grade students and their families are invited to attend the Instrument Test Drive on Thursday, May 2nd from 4-7 p.m. in the Roxbury High School Cafeteria located at 1 Bryant Drive in Succasunna. Students will have an opportunity to play each instrument they can choose in fifth grade under the guidance of a specialized teacher. Students and families can also meet the district instrumental music faculty. 

To control traffic flow, we’re inviting each school to attend at the times indicated below:

  • Jefferson School – 4:00-4:45 p.m.
  • Nixon School – 4:45-5:30 p.m.
  • Franklin School – 5:30-6:15 p.m.
  • Kennedy School – 6:15-7:00 p.m. 

If you are unable to come during your school’s scheduled time, you are still welcome to attend any time between 4-7 p.m. More information will be provided to students during in-school assemblies on April 30th. Please RSVP to the event at

Our goal at the Instrument Test Drive is to expose your child to the instruments that are available next year and your child will have the opportunity to play each one. A teacher will guide your child through a few basic steps of creating an initial sound on each instrument. As teachers, we want to match your child to an instrument where he or she will find success!  

In the coming weeks in fourth-grade chorus classes, students will have an opportunity to meet Lincoln/Roosevelt music teachers Ray Henricksen and Kate Katz and watch a short video introducing several instruments. On April 30th, all fourth-grade students will attend an Instrumental Music Assembly where they will see and hear the instruments live and in person! Students will also have another opportunity to meet our district instrumental music teachers, along with several Roxbury band and orchestra students. 

The goal of the Instrumental Music Program is to team with parents, teachers, and the school to develop responsible, respectful, confident, and creative students. The high standards of excellence facilitate musical growth both individually on an instrument and in ensembles.  

We look forward to working together in order to provide the best possible experience for all of our students. If you and your child cannot attend the Instrument Test Drive, information regarding signups and instrument requests will be communicated through your child’s general music teacher. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.  

We are looking forward to meeting you at the Roxbury Instrument Test Drive!  


Mrs. Kate Katz,, 6th Grade Band Director
Mr. Ray Henricksen,, 5th Grade Band Director
Mr. Jim Goodwin,, Orchestra Director 

PHOTO ATTACHED (courtesy of Roxbury Schools)


For more information, contact: Roxbury Community School/Community Relations Coordinator Ann Rhodes at or 973-584-7699.



Roxbury Public Schools is a K-12 school district preparing the children of today for tomorrow. As a dynamic and thriving district, in partnership with a supportive and collaborative community, Roxbury Public Schools inspires and empowers all learners to flourish as ethical and global citizens in the 21st century. The district serves students throughout Roxbury Township, New Jersey, including the areas of Landing, Kenvil, Succasunna, Ledgewood, Mount Arlington, Port Morris, Flanders, and Wharton. Connect with us online at or on Facebook at