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(continued from page 16) the school’s International Thespians troupe, his students are active in competing locally and on the state level in all areas of performance and tech. Gipple also serves as coach for the school swim team, and is member of the Core Team, and serves on numerous committees, such as Peer Mediation, Honor Society, and Scholarship. Every other year, he leads a tour for theater students through London and the English countryside. Knoop is an accomplished performer, conductor, composer, and teacher. He was born in Heiden, Germany and studied at the University of Münster. After relocating to the United States, Manfred received his BS and MS in music from the Manhattan School of Music and has pursued additional studies in organ, piano, trumpet, vocal performance, and conducting. Since 1985, he has been music director at Saint Elizabeth Roman Catholic Church in Wyckoff. He has also directed the Sängerchor Newark since 1978 and the Schwäbischer Sängerbund, New Jersey since 1985. He presents special concerts with full orchestra for the benefit of the local community, including the popular New Year’s Day Strauss Gala. He has led many of his choruses on tours to Europe. As the owner of a professional recording studio, he is involved in the production and recording of many renowned artists from jazz to pop music. In 1998, he started his own jazz label, Twinz Records. Since then, he has recorded and released many successful CDs for numerous U.S and international musicians. Lambrix has lived in Franklin Lakes for 16 years with her husband, Tom. Their three sons, Christopher, Stephen and Michael are all graduates of Ramapo High School. The honoree is currently the media assistant at Ramapo High School and district drama coordinator for the Ramapo Indian Hills regional district. Over the years, she has been actively involved in volunteer community organizations including PTA, the local education foundation, the Municipal Alliance, ParenTeen Network, Ramapo Boosters, Ramapo Boys Soccer Club, and Project Graduation.
In 1995, she became involved with FLOW Follies, a parent-volunteer group that presents a musical comedy each spring to the FLOW community to raise scholarships funds for district high school seniors. After being on stage for a year or two, Maureen decided to become more involved with the production of the show. She has served as producer, executive producer, and Writing Committee member. As executive producer, she helped make FLOW Follies the largest single scholarship provider in the FLOW community. Sarracco has been the director of bands at Ramapo High School since 1998. She currently conducts the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Raider Marching Band and assists with the Concert Band. She is district head teacher of music. Originally from Waldwick, she holds a bachelor of music degree from William Paterson University where she studied saxophone with Dr. Paul Cohen and Mr. Ronald Parello. Upon her graduation from WPU, she was given the
Music Education Award as the outstanding senior in the music education department. Sarracco has performed with the Jordan Thomas Orchestra, the Somers Dream Orchestra, the Paul Miller Orchestra, and the Wayne Chamber Orchestra. She has been a member of the Ridgewood Concert Band since its inception and was a member of the band’s board of directors. Sarracco has managed Bergen County Band, All North Jersey Region Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Bands, served as Audition Host for the North Jersey Region Jazz Ensemble and was selected as the conductor of Bergen County Band in 2004. She received the Governor’s Award for Teaching in 2002-03. She was also named Ramapo High’s nominee for the Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teaching Award. Sarracco resides in Glen Rock with her husband, Chris Wilhjelm, and their four children, Emma, Erik, Hannah, and Carl.
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