My name is Gary Meyer. I am writing this letter on behalf of all the students who study music in the Secaucus schools.
Soon we will be voting on the proposal to build a new auditorium at the High School. We need it! Our children deserve it. Our children are wonderful and just as capable as other towns in New Jersey who glorify their children's dreams and goals in life.
As a professional musician for 33 years, I know the importance of a suitable place to study and perform. Over my career I have performed for the Presidential Inauguration, for Parliament in London, Paris, Ross Perot in Texas, movies, live TV shows, Broadway, hit records, Jerry Lewis Telethon and The Today Show.
My son Matthew Meyer, who is a senior at Secaucus High School, is also a musician. This past summer he attended the Interlochen Camp for the Arts in Michigan on a Jazz Scholarship. He was one of three drummers that were chosen in the United States. But when the Secaucus Jazz Ensemble performed in our cafetorium, he was stuck way in the back of the stage, unable to be seen, because our stage is so small. When he had a feature solo on "Sing, Sing, Sing," people actually had to get out of their seats to see him at all.
We in Secaucus have great music teacher. Robert Fournier, a professional Broadway musician and teacher, who graduated from the Manhattan School of Music as I did, Lyle Leeson, Oscar Gongora, also Manhattan School of Music graduates, and Sean Sonnet, who also is a working professional musician and teacher from Penn State University.
Please give these music teachers a chance to make our music students the best in New Jersey.
Give them an auditorium, please!