Elizabeth HS Marching Band Successfully Defends State & National Championship Titles

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ELIZABETH – The Elizabeth High School Marching Band capped off another undefeated season by winning the US Bands (formerly known as USSBA) Group 5A National Championship, as well as the US Bands Group 5A State Championship for the second year in a row.

On Nov, 11 in Edison, the Elizabeth High School Marching Band again took first place in the US Bands Group 5A State Championship by defeating bands from Phillipsburg, Jackson, West Milford, Somerville, Verona, and Marlton with a score of 95.4. They also won caption awards for Best Music and Best Overall Effect.

In Annapolis, Maryland on the same weekend, earning a score of 97.1, the Elizabeth High School Marching Band for the second year in a row won the US Bands Group 5A National Championship. Elizabeth defeated bands from New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Virginia with a decisive win over the nearest competition, by over two points. The highly successful marching band swept all the Caption Awards for Best Music, Best Overall Effect, Best Visual, Best Percussion and Best Color Guard!

The 140-member ensemble amazed the crowd with their sound, and precision in an extraordinarily entertaining and colorful field show entitled Tango. Musical selections from the show included Libertango; Fantazm; and Danzon #2.

The band’s success remaining undefeated in back to back seasons is in part due to the dedication of a team of experts in music, drill, and choreography including Director Ben Schwartz, Co-Director Wayne Dillon, Music Instructor James Prime, Jr.; Drill Designer Izzy Delgado; Head Color Guard Choreographer Elyse Delgado; Head Visual Instructor Chris Gow; Visual Technicians Curtis Clark & Manny Cruz; Assistant Color Guard Instructor Amy Hajdusek; Assistant Marching Instructor Steve Almeida; Music Instructor Minesh Shah; and Percussion Instructors John Riley and Brendan Lowe.

Superintendent of Schools Pablo Muñoz commented, “These young men and women of the Marching Band should be proud of their tremendous achievement and know that we are honored to have them represent Elizabeth Public Schools. They are champions in every sense of the word.”

“The marching band exceeded all of our expectations this year. It was a much younger group than the previous year, but they worked extremely hard and attained all goals set. It was a remarkable journey,” said Co-Director Wayne Dillon.

Elizabeth Board of Education President Fernando Nazco said, “We are all extremely proud of our marching band’s most impressive achievement maintaining excellence throughout an undefeated season and winning both state and national titles for the second time in two years. Theirs is a well-deserved honor proving once again that Elizabeth Public Schools ranks with the best in America.”


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