History of the Orchestra

The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra is one of five performing groups comprised of volunteer musicians under the aegis of the Bloomfield Federation of Music, sponsored by the Bloomfield Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Department. In the Fall of 1943, the orchestra started its association with the Federation. Prior to that time, members of the orchestra rehearsed independently or were participating in various northern and central NJ mandolin orchestras. In the early 1960s, the Orange and Vicinities Mandolin Society (West Orange), officially merged with the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra.  Peter Longo, originally from the OVMS, is a founding member of the orchestra.  In 2016, Peter received a Proclamation from the Township of Bloomfield in recognition for his seventy five years of dedicated membership and service to the orchestra. 

Throughout the decades, the orchestra has been led by renown conductors.  Notably, Gabriel L. Nevola conducted the orchestra for the longest time period (37 years), before retiring in 2007.  Current orchestra conductor Enrico Granafei, has led the orchestra for the past twelve years and is credited with expanding the orchestra's repertoire and its variety of performance venues and programs.  The orchestra performs Italian favorites, popular American songs, Broadway selections, classical music, and traditional ethnic and folk music.  
 
The orchestra rehearses every Tuesday from September through May at the Bloomfield Middle School (60 Huck Road) from 7:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. and performs year round.
 
New members are welcomed to join the orchestra.  The orchestra requires all  members to have a knowledge of reading music.  The orchestra is currently offering a mandolin class in collaboration with the Montclair Adult School.  For more information about the orchestra, please write to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.