The 144 members of the New Providence High School Marching Band placed first in both the USBands New Jersey State Championship and the USBands Nationals Championship over the weekend of Nov. 10 and 11.
After a tumultuous week created by Superstorm Sandy, the band persevered and worked together to produce a weekend of memorable performances.
The New Jersey State Championship, through the efforts of CEO George Hopkins, was rescheduled from the previous weekend and relocated to three separate New Jersey high schools. After performing at a football game, the Pride and Class of New Providence traveled to and competed at Washington Township High School in Sewell in Group 6A, placing first with a score of 94.05. The band also won the award for Best Overall Visual Performance.
The following day, the band performed in the USBands A-Class National Championships at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Despite the arduous weekend schedule and the still lingering power outages, the students gave a spirited performance, earning the band another first place finish with a score of 96.3, and winning special awards for Best Overall Music, Best Overall Visual Performance and Best Overall Percussion.
This weekend marked the 8th State Championship for the band in the last 11 years, the 2nd straight National Championship and 6th Regional Championship since 1995.
These achievements directly speak to the benefits and merits of the marching arts, which epitomize the highest levels of teamwork, accountability and discipline.
The band is deeply appreciative of the support of the New Providence Board of Education and the New Providence community.
For more about the music and performing arts department, visit the music and performing arts department page on the district website under Curriculum/Departments.