I Want My '80s Save The Date

I Want My '80s Save The Date

Save the date for March 24, 2017 – that’s when some of the best of the William Paterson University Music Department’s students will rock the world in a very special show called:

“I Want My ’80s – The Best of MTV’s Early Years”

This show, led by WP alum/Grammy winner Rob Fusari (musical director) and produced by Professor David Kirk Philp’s Modern Entertainment Company class, will celebrate the roots of MTV by featuring live performances of hit songs of the early- and mid-1980s.

Mark Goodman, original MTV VJ and co-host of the new show “Debatable” on SiriusXM’s VOLUME channel, will be a special guest of the event.  Mark will introduce some songs and relate some MTV stories that will further animate this very special show.

“I Want My ’80s – The Best of MTV’s Early Years” is a fundraiser for Music Department scholarships at William Paterson University in conjunction with another scholarship fundraising event, “Collage 2017,” taking place Friday, March 3, 2017 at 7:30 PM.


  • This will be a Chamber Music class for those students who pass the audition.  Chamber Music is a 1-credit class, MUSP-2530.  If you are already taking 19 credits, you can still be in the band and not have to sign up for the official class.
  • Those who pass the auditions will be notified by Monday, November 28th.
  • Who plays/sings a particular part on specific songs will be decided by the Music Director (Rob Fusari).  Parts should be broken out and communicated to band members by December 1st.
  • Members of the band will have from the date they receive their song assignments through Tuesday, January 24th to learn the songs.


Auditions for the ’80s show band are open to William Paterson University Music Department students.  Audition dates are:

  • Monday, November 21st from 7:00 – 9:00 PM in Shea 101
  • Tuesday, November 22nd from 5:00 – 7:00 PM in Shea 101

All Musicians:

Learn Toto’s “Rosanna”

Lead Guitarists:

Be prepared to play your choice of the lead to “Rosanna,” Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” Van Halen’s “Jump,” or Prince’s “Purple Rain.”


Fellas – Be prepared to sing one of the two lead parts to “Rosanna” as well as your choice of the following:

The Police - Don't Stand So Close To Me

  • “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” by the Police
  • “Purple Rain” by Prince
  • “Living On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi

Ladies – Be prepared to sing your choice of:

  • Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know”
  • “Walking On Sunshine” by Kartrina & The Waves
  • “Living On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi

All – Be prepared to sing the harmonies to:

  • “Rosanna” by Toto
  • “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler
  • “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” by The Police


Anyone auditioning MUST be available to practice each Tuesday from 5:00 – 7:30 PM in Shea 101 starting January 24th through March 21st.  An Unplugged version of the show will take place at 12:30 PM on the Shea Center stage in front of a live audience.


What: I Want My ’80s – The Best of MTV’s Early Years

When: 7:30 PM, Friday, March 24, 2017

Where: Shea Center for the Performing Arts
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470

Tickets: Available as a two-pack with Collage, 2017 (taking place March 3, 2017) or individually.

Contact: Professor David Kirk Philp


For full details about the Music Management Program, including courses, the minor, and our MBA, click HERE.

For full details about the WPU Pop Music Studies Program, including courses and audition requirements, click HERE.


Professor David Philp is Assistant Professor Music Management & Popular Music Studies at William Paterson University. He is the co-host of the only FREE advice college radio-based music & entertainment industry talk show in America, Music Biz 101 & More, which airs live most Wednesday nights and is available as a podcast HERE every night (days too).  Reach him at PhilpD@wpunj.edu or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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