Elizabeth High School Marching Band Wins State & National Championship Titles

DSC_0005ELIZABETH – The Elizabeth High School (EHS) Marching Band capped off another undefeated season by winning the US Bands Group 5A National Championship, as well as the US Bands Group 5A State Championship. This is the third year in a row the band has won both titles.

On Oct. 19 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, the EHS Marching Band took first place in the US Bands Group 5A State Championship defeating bands from Sparta, Parsippany, Somerville, Jackson, and Marlton with a score of 86. They also won caption awards for Best Visual Performance, Best Percussion Performance, and Best Overall Effect.

At MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Nov. 2, the EHS Marching Band earned a score of 95.987, winning the US Bands Group 5A National Championship. EHS defeated bands from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania with a decisive win over the nearest competition, by over two points. The highly successful marching band also won Caption Awards for Best Music, Best Visual, and Best Effect.

The 135 member ensemble amazed the crowd with their sound and precision in an entertaining and colorful field show entitled Descarga Cubana. Musical selections from the show included: A Night in Tunisia – Dizzy Gillespie; Tu Mi Delirio – Caesar Portillo de la Luz; and Tanga – Paquito D’Rivera.

The Band’s success in remaining undefeated three years running 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 Minesh Shah, Jr.; Drill Designer Izzy Delgado; Head Color Guard Choreographer Elyse Delgado; Head Visual Instructor Chris Gow; Visual Technicians Curtis Clark and Manny Cruz; Assistant Color Guard Instructor Amy Hajdusek; Assistant Marching Instructors Steve Almeida, Britney Alcine, and Catherine Sabogal; Music Instructor Jim Prime, Jr.; and Percussion Instructors John Riley, Brendan Lowe, and Daquan Sessoms.

Interim Superintendent of Schools Olga Hugelmeyer commented, “This is an impressive achievement by an extraordinarily talented group of students. We are honored to have these young men and women of the marching band represent Elizabeth Public Schools.”

“The marching band members, staff, and parents came together as a unit and a family like never before. The performance level achieved by the students this year was exceptional, and the staff is extremely proud,” stated Co-Director Ben Schwartz.

Elizabeth Board of Education President Tony Monteiro said, “We are all very proud of our marching band’s tremendous achievement winning both state and national titles for three consecutive years. Theirs is a well-deserved honor proving once again that Elizabeth Public Schools ranks with the best in America.”


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