About Us

Our Mission Statement

One of the region’s most established wind groups, The Ramsey Wind Symphony is a volunteer organization that provides opportunities for qualified individuals to renew, maintain and develop their interests and talents in the performing arts by participating in a positive and uplifting musical environment. Since its inception on December 19, 1986, the Ramsey Wind Symphony has served Northern Jersey, Rockland, and the surrounding communities for more than three decades, playing a wide-ranging repertoire of traditional and popular music for many who would otherwise be unable to access such an experience.

The season is comprised of regular Wednesday evening rehearsals and a series of indoor and outdoor concerts, including the annual Ramsey Fourth of July Celebration and Ramsey Day (a festive carnival day celebrating the end of the summer in Ramsey). The Ramsey Wind Symphony focuses on love of music, craft, enthusiasm, constancy of commitment and effort, the highest possible artistic excellence, and a desire to share the joy of music. The Wind Symphony strives to create an atmosphere of accessibility within the community, warmth, challenge, and encouragement for its participants and audience.

We invite all who love intensely inspiring and expressive live symphonic music to join us in our pursuits.

Musical Director

Minesh Shah is a professional music educator and performer from the NY/NJ area. Minesh holds a Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. During his time at UML, Minesh studied Trombone with Willis Traphagan and Conducting with Dan Lutz and David Martins. Minesh also studied Brass Pedagogy extensively while being Professor Traphagan’s final Trombone student. Currently Mr. Shah is finishing his Master’s of Arts with a concentration in Trombone Performance from Montclair State where he studied Trombone with R. Clyde Wigness and James Markey. He is also earning an MA in Educational Leadership from St. Peter’s College.

After college, Mr. Shah began teaching in NJ and found success with diverse populations, from the inner city to Nationally Recognized Blue Ribbon Schools. In 2017, Mr. Shah returned the Weehawken ensemble to USBANDS where they earned the Group 1A State and National Championships. While teaching in Elizabeth, Minesh was the Music Capitan & Ensemble Supervisor for the Elizabeth High School Marching Band, during which time the band won State and National Championships for four years running. While at Elizabeth Mr. Shah worked with some of the country’s top names in education, pageantry and composing including Wayne Dillon and Jim Prime Jr. In addition to his teaching, Minesh is the Music Director and Conductor of the Ramsey Wind Symphony.

Minesh Shah, Music Director



Lisandra Hernandez

Amanda Leslie

Angela Zurlo

Jennifer Thorton (piccolo)

Lori Anders

Krysti Sabins

Amanda Brown



Bill Matarazzo

David Straus

Rebecca Mir

Denise Hawkins (Eb clarinet)

Leigh Myers

Megan Vellotti

Kristin Bungert

Harry Weiss

Ashley Bifalco


Bass Clarinet

Kara Shah

Matt Cooper



Dave DeLucca


Ken Brown


Alto Sax

Jean Mariscovete

Alissa Settembrino


Tenor Sax

John Schloman


Baritone Sax

Peter Kanyuk


French Horn

Jim Juliano

Katie DeFranco-Norton

Terri Watson



Greg Romano

Pete Kennedy

Mike Connors

Harvey Feldman

Eric Silver

Brianne Hanlon

Pat Passero


Jim Blehart

Eric Ruddick-Ferrat

Ed Stanford

Harry Geist

Grant Thornthon

Sydney Williams

Dave Sullivan




Melissa Kay

Eunji Chang

Don Levinson




Victor Gutierrez

Scott DeFranco-Norton




Dan Belanger

Judy Hunter

Board Members

Lori Anders

Amanda Brown

Kristin Bungert

Scott DeFranco-Norton

Melissa Kay

Amanda Leslie

Greg Romano