History of the Orchestra



The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra is currently celebrating its 79th season, having originated in 1941 when a group of six musicians met in the backroom of a local barbershop to discuss their dream of forming a mandolin orchestra. In 1945 these music pioneers formed the Orange and Vicinities Mandolin Society, under the direction of Elia Ciricillo.  The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra was under the direction of Conductor David Vallillo in December of 1949, but the orchestras often performed together.   In the 1960s the members of four different mandolin orchestras decided to merge as the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra.


 The orchestra operates under the auspices of the Bloomfield Federation of Music and is comprised of volunteer musicians from northern and central New Jersey.  Mandola player Peter Longo of West Orange has been a member of the orchestra since its founding in 1941. The current members of the orchestra represent a vast cross-section of backgrounds and careers.   The orchestra has an extensive repertoire, which includes Italian favorites, traditional and popular American songs, Broadway selections, and operatic and classical orchestral music. Enrico Granafei became conductor of the orchestra five years ago, following a tenure of thirty-seven years by former conductor and arranger, Gabriele Nevola. An accomplished musician, composer and arranger, Maestro Granafei has enhanced the repertoire of the orchestra by including the arrangements and original compositions of musicians from many ethnic backgrounds and musical styles.


Previous Concerts and Events

Saturday, June 9, 2018                Free Performance at Polaski Park, 24 Vernon Ave, Bloomfield NJ, 07003

                                                    4:45 pm - 6:15 pm

Monday, July 9, 2018                 Free Performance at Bloomfield Civic Center, 84 North Broad Street,

                                                    Bloomfield NJ, 07003

                                                    6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Sunday, August 26, 2018            Free Performance at Union Congregational Montclair Church, 176 Cooper Ave,

                                                    Montclair NJ, 07043

                                                    10:30 am

Saturday, October 27, 2018         Free Performance at Bloomfield Public Library (Little Theatre), 90 Broad Street,

                                                    Bloomfield NJ, 07003

                                                    1 pm

Saturday, December 15, 2018     Free Performance at Bloomfield Public Library (Little Theatre), 90 Broad Street,

                                                    Bloomfield NJ, 07003

                                                    1 pm

Sunday, May 5, 2019                  Annual Spring Concert: "Mandolin and the Movie". Further information to follow