Rahway Marching Band Wins Prizes

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Drum Major Morgan Farrar conducts the Rahway High School Marching Band

Drum Major Morgan Farrar conducts the Rahway High School Marching Band

RAHWAY — The Rahway High School Marching Band recently finished several busy weeks of rehearsals and competitive performances of their 2012 production “The Rainforest,” by Bryan Harmsen, which celebrates birds and other rainforest wildlife.

On Sunday, Oct. 7, the marching band took first place out of four local bands at a USBands sanctioned competition held at JP Stevens High School. The band also took special awards for best music and best effect.

On Saturday, Oct. 13, the Rahway High School Marching Band took part in a large competition held at Metslife Stadium, the football home of the New York Giants and Jets. Sponsored by the USBands Association, 49 bands of the best bands in the tri-state area competed in performance throughout the day. Within their category of 10 different bands, an excited Rahway Band finished in third place.

On Oct. 20, at the 31st annual South Plainfield Marching Band Festival, the Marching Indians were second in Group 3A. Their performance also earned for Rahway the Best Music award for “The Rainforest.”

Band Director Robert Van Wyk said, “We couldn’t be prouder of our Rahway band. Their hard work throughout the summer and the fall is being recognized through these successes. Our marching band’s achievement is truly a combined effort of our talented and dedicated students, parents and teaching staff. This year has been even more of a challenge as we have been living out of a small gym while we are waiting the completion of our new performing arts wing. Our organization has met every challenge with patience, cooperation, hard work and pride. I am so excited to see what is ahead.”

The Rahway High School Marching Band taking the field at Metslife Stadium, Drum Majors, Morgan Farrar, Emily Gottlick and members of the Rahway High School Percussion (Zachary Woolley, Kelly Porr and Cesar Gamarra) (Photos courtesy of Rahway High School)

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