ELIZABETH – Competing in a field of 42, Elizabeth High School Marching Band won the United States Scholastic Band Association (USSBA) Group V State Championship on Saturday, Nov. 5, in Union. The marching band’s stellar performance earned them first place with 97.163, the highest score of the day. The band also won awards for “Best Music,” Best Percussion,” and “Best Visual.”
The field show, entitled “Santana” Live in Concert, features Isaac D’Amico in the role of Carlos Santana. Musical selections include: Everybody’s Everything; Yaleo; Europa; and Toussaint L’Ouverture. The entire band, an amazing 145 members strong, includes dance and vocal sounds in their show.
Band Director Ben Schwartz and Co-Director Wayne Dillon work throughout the year with the help of choreographers, music and drill instructors, and technicians to develop the talents of the band members.
The hard work and dedication of the Elizabeth students who practice all year, including summers and after school, has paid off this year with the band winning every competition they have entered.
The victory in Union is the band’s first state title since 2007.
“Our students have worked long and hard to make this season a success,” said Band Co-Director Wayne Dillon. “Besides performing and winning competitions, the EHS Marching Band performs in other venues, including cheering on the football team, performing in the community, and at parades. Their contributions to the community make them winners all year long.”
Superintendent of Schools Pablo Muñoz commented, “These young men and women of the Marching Band should be proud of their great achievement, and they have made the Elizabeth Public Schools proud of their accomplishments by always striving toward and achieving excellence.”
The Elizabeth marching band will compete on Saturday, Nov. 12, in Allentown, Pa. at the USSBA Group V National Championship competition.
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