The holidays are around the corner, but the folks at NJPE are as busy as ever. We are preparing for our massive February 5 concert at William Paterson University, which will include new and classic repertoire. We are also finishing up another recording that will be released in 2018, the year of our 50th anniversary. 50 years! And I’m deep in the process of making a documentary film about the ensemble. The film includes interviews with founder Ray Des Roches, current director Peter Jarvis, and a host of other percussionists who played with the group over the years. 2018 will be a big year!