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About the Waldwick Band

The Waldwick Band is a volunteer music organization based in and supported by the borough of Waldwick, in Bergen County, New Jersey. The band performs approximately 20 concerts and parades per year that are free to the public. Performances are at the Village School in Waldwick with summer concerts at Waldwick Borough Park and elsewhere in and around Bergen County. Concerts often feature solo performances by band members and guest artists.

The band's repertoire is an eclectic mix of fine music selected from original compositions for concert band, orchestral transcriptions, music from the Broadway stage and film scores, "big band" favorites, and great marches. Band members come from all walks of life, and range in age from high school students through retirees. The band owns an outstanding concert band library of over 2100 titles, including John Philip Sousa originals dating from as early as 1891.

Edmund A. Moderacki,

Waldwick Band Music Director

photo of Walter Nallin
Dr. Walter Nallin
late 1960's
The Waldwick Band was founded in 1954 as the Waldwick Fire Department Band. In the 1950's, many local fire departments organized marching bands to provide music for their parade appearances. The founder of the Waldwick Band was Dr. Walter Nallin, a professor of music at Bernard Baruch College of the City University of New York. Dr. Nallin organized the band using many area players from former local bands including Waldwick's Italian Band, which flourished in the 1930's, and the Postal Carriers' Band. Within a year, the Waldwick Band started performing concerts in addition to appearing with the Fire Department and marching in parades in other communities.

In 1968, the band reorganized as the Community Band of Waldwick, Inc., but still retained its parade and concert units. For many years, the band played in regular Friday night concerts at the Bergen Mall in Paramus. In 1992, a smaller German band called the Teutonic Knights was added as an additional unit of the Waldwick Band. The Teutonic Knights performs at concerts, Octoberfests, and in venues where a smaller ensemble is more appropriate.

The Waldwick Band is led by Edmund A. Moderacki, a former music educator in the River Vale school district, who took over leadership following the passing of Dr. Nallin in 1978. Ed recently celebrated 40 years as the band's conductor and music director. This remarkable accomplishment was recently featured in an article published in The Record (After 800 Concerts and 300 Parades, Waldwick Conductor Still Going Strong!).  Since its founding, the band appeared in over 800 concerts and parades in Waldwick and surrounding New Jersey and New York communities. It appeared on cable television and was featured on the Fine Living channel.  The band was also featured in a 2011 article published in the Waldwick Surburban News as it prepared for its summer concert series.

The Waldwick Band is designated a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization by both the Internal Revenue Service and the State of New Jersey. Contributions to the band are tax deductible -- and greatly appreciated!

During the 2019-2020 season, the band celebrated its 65th anniversary as one of New Jersey's most active community ensembles, and still going strong.  The band continues to offer both a summer and winter concert series. Admission is always free. Check the performance schedule for our next concert.

Waldwick Band Does it Again!
Winner, Best Musical Group on a Float
in Ridgewood's 2022 Fourth of July Parade
(16 of the last19 Years!)
2023 The Community Band of Waldwick
A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization
Updated 5-1-2023