Inductee Selected for Academic Hall of Fame

Mr. Winston Byrd, a 1991 graduate of Gateway Regional, has been inducted into the Gateway Hall of Fame.  He was recently honored at the Academic Awards dinner for his outstanding achievement in the professional world as an accomplished jazz musician and a music teacher.  Attending the award ceremony with Mr. Byrd was his girlfriend, Elisabeth Daniels.  Former teachers, David Sellen, Ethel Jean Deal, Kipp Matalucci, John Howard and Penny Cipolone also attended.
Mr. Byrd was initially bitten by the ‘jazz bug’ as a seventh grade student when his band director, David Sellen, played Maynard Ferguson’s ‘Give It One.’ It wasn’t long after that he witnessed legendary trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Jon Faddis in a Grammy Awards telecast.  Mr. Byrd took a detour from his original plans to attend New York University to study Clinical Psychology and chose to go on the road with the Stylistics to pursue his dream.  Mr. Byrd has performed as a lead trumpeter in big bands with Lionel Hampton, the Count Basie Orchestra, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, and Blood, Sweat and Tears, just to name a few...
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Inductee Selected for Academic Hall of Fame

    Mr. Winston Byrd, a 1991 graduate of Gateway Regional, has been inducted into the Gateway Hall of Fame.  He was recently honored at the Academic Awards dinner for his outstanding achievement in the professional world as an accomplished jazz musician and a music teacher.  Attending the award ceremony with Mr. Byrd was his girlfriend, Elisabeth Daniels.  Former teachers, David Sellen, Ethel Jean Deal, Kipp Matalucci, John Howard and Penny Cipolone also attended.

    Mr. Byrd was initially bitten by the ‘jazz bug’ as a seventh grade student when his band director, David Sellen, played Maynard Ferguson’s ‘Give It One.' It wasn’t long after that he witnessed legendary trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Jon Faddis in a Grammy Awards telecast.  Mr. Byrd took a detour from his original plans to attend New York University to study Clinical Psychology and chose to go on the road with the Stylistics to pursue his dream.  Mr. Byrd has performed as a lead trumpeter in big bands with Lionel Hampton, the Count Basie Orchestra, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, and Blood, Sweat and Tears, just to name a few.  After diligently practicing until he could play easily, Byrd evolved into a multi-talented and well-rounded trumpeter.  His ability to skillfully read and play in all musical styles has earned him the respect and admiration of his peers.  Trumpeter Jon Faddis became an early role model and mentor, and Mr. Byrd has had the privilege of playing in the trumpet section of the Faddis-led and world famous ‘Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band’.

     Mr. Byrd was a recommended clinician with Yamaha for 10 years and has been with Cannonball Musical Instruments for the last four.  He has served as Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Ohio State University from 2001-2003 and as an adjunct at UCLA.  When he moved to Los Angeles, he taught at Fairfax High School in the Buddy Collette’s Jazz America program, teaching a broad base and history of jazz to middle and high school students.  From 2000-2005, Mr. Byrd led the USSBA Honors Jazz Ensemble, which chooses the best jazz students from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

     For the past five years, Mr. Byrd, has been leading his own bands (one in New York, one in Los Angeles) as well as an 18-piece jazz orchestra that demonstrates the return of big band excellence and its renewed popularity.   He resides full-time in Los Angeles and recorded his first CD, ‘Soul Searching’, in 2004.  Mr. Byrd is currently contracted with Alliance Records and recently released his second CD, “The Tao of Pooh”.

     In June, Winston Byrd honored his alma mater when he returned as a guest soloist to play with the Bonsal Blues dance band at Gateway’s 64th annual music concert.  He performed two dance band numbers;  Woody Herman’s “Woodchopper’s Ball” and Sy Oliver’s “T’Aint What Ya Do.”  Anyone who had a chance to experience his performance is aware of the amazing extent of his musical prowess.
    To learn more about this talented man, log on to his website at www.winstonbyrdmusic.com



The Gateway community congratulates Mr. Byrd on this honor and applauds his achievement.


Leading the Class of 2012

Class of 2012 Valedictorian





Alex Judson


Class of 2012
Alex will be attending
Purdue University
in West Lafayette, IN.

Class of 2012 Salutatorian





Jamie Connelly


Class of 2012
Jamie will be attending
Richard Stockton
College of New Jersey

in Galloway, NJ.

Did You Know:

  • Maddie Kendall, who played the part of JoJo in the Thursday and Saturday segments of the spring musical “Suessical The Musical”, sold the most tickets for the second year in a row;

  •  Sisters Kristin and Sarah Jennings were the 1st place winners of the Bradley’s Buddies talent show in May (proceeds of which went to help support Bradley’s Buddies);

  • Michael Lex, Antoni Perez, Dan Teschko and Sarah Zuzulock, members of Gateway’s State Police Physical Fitness Team, competed at the state level in June.  Both Dan Teschko and Sarah Zuzulock were top scorers in the state for middle school students with Dan being recognized as the 3rd best in the state;

  • Congratulations go out to Kyle Bright for winning the 2012 Colonial Conference Tournament, increasing his record to 25-1.

Senior Moments

   Project Graduation for the Class of 2012 was a great success.  The Project Graduation Committee, led by Mrs. Lori Kirkbridge, Mrs. Monica Gismondi and Mrs. JoAnne Kleine, held the party at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT) this year.  The graduates participated in various activities, including: Volleyball, basketball, Old Time Photos, swimming, Superstar’s Entertainment Make Your Own Music Video, caricature drawings of themselves, and a hypnotist show; all of which lasted into the wee hours of the morning . Transportation to and from GCIT was generously donated by our school bus drivers.

   Project Graduation is a drug-and-alcohol-free party that is funded through donations and fundraisers throughout each school year. The committee extends its sincere appreciation to those who donated their support to this event.  Project Graduation would not be possible without the generosity of local businesses and the donations of parents, friends, and organizations.  This is a wonderful way to send each graduating class off by allowing them to spend one last time together.  The committee extends each graduate the best of luck in the future and a sincere wish that their memories of the evening, as well as all of their good years at Gateway, stay with them forever.

Top 10% of Senior Class
Breanna  Carey, Jamie Connelly, Melissa Craig, Courtney Croft, Katelyn Guilfoy, Brittany Hudson, Alex Judson, Julie Kowalski, Nicholas Lamb, Rachel Mezis, Kristina Perdicaro, and Kenneth Wenner.

Photo Gallery

Renaissance Students/Staff for May & June Honored Athletes Graduation Last Blast for the Senior Class Art Show Highlights


April/May Gators of the Month

April/May Gators of the Month: (front row l-r) Kelly Feldman, Robert Alscher, Michael Offenbacker, Maria Mauceli, Rozalie Rodriguez, Jenifer Matlack, Audrey Sims, Kerstin Santora and Dua Malik; (second row l-r) Ray Geary, Eva Haydu, Cory Brown, Katelyn Hoffman, Alyceo Perez, Gabrielle Porrini and Josh Lukasavage; (top row l-r) Troy Dziewa, Jake Pennington, Austin Sanders, Samantha Turner, Jessica Archer and Guiseppe Evola.