PISCATAWAY, NJ – They’re coming… As the theme was about the haunted, 15 schools from around New Jersey and New York traveled to Dominic R. Ciardi Field at Piscataway High School on Saturday to compete in the 42nd Annual Band Festival.
Sponsored by US Bands and hosted by the PHS Superchief Marching Band which performed only in exhibition, the annual competition also featured a performance by the Marching Scarlet Knights band from Rutgers University to close out the event.
Band sections competed by division for best Music Individual, Visual Performance, General Effect, Ensemble Analysis, Color Guard and Percussion.
The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders Marching Band won top honors with an overall score of 84.463. The band also won Best Colorguard, Best Percussion, Best Visual, and Best Overall Effect for Group VI A.
Also notable is the Morristown High School Band which has been investing in new instruments and related equipment to accommodate the changing needs of their students and program. The band took 2nd place in Group IV A competition with an overall score of 80.100.
Both schools along with the Superchiefs next travel to MetLife Stadium on Oct. 5th to perform in the Yamaha Cup Northeast competition.
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