WEST ORANGE, NJ - A new West Orange tradition was born on Saturday as the West Orange High School Marching Mountaineers hosted their first-ever Marching Band Invitational Competition on the field and under the lights at Suriano Stadium . The Invitational, which has long been a dream of band directors Erin McClure and Lewis Kelly, hosted 15 bands and color guards from neighboring high schools, all competing at different levels.
The Music Boosters coordinated the entire event from top to bottom, working for months to make sure everything ran smoothly. Dozens of parent and student volunteers were spread across the West Orange Campus to sell tickets, food, direct traffic, organize parking, direct bands to their warm-up stations, sell 50-50 tickets and much more.
The effort more than paid off as the campus bustled with activity and hundreds of marching band members and color guard performers filled the stadium, along with parents, friends, and family from all over Northern New Jersey. Visitors who had never been to West Orange High School were impressed with the facilities as well as the professionalism and friendliness of the West Orange Community. Everyone cheered everyone else on, and each marching band put in a tremendous performance.
The 15 bands performing at the competition were parts of the classes A, AA, and AAA. Classes are determined by the size of the band as well as type of band and type of performance.
The performing bands were:
A Class: Morristown, Wayne Valley High School, and Livingston High School.
AA Class: Glen Ridge High School, Passaic Valley High School, Columbia High School, Nutley High School, Morris Hills High School, and Mount Olive High School.
AAA Class: Piscataway High School, West Milford High School, Wayne Hills High School, Roxbury High School, Verona High School, and an Exibition performance by West Orange High School.
Winners in the single A class included Wayne Valley High School, who scored a 76.3, took first place in their section, and won caption awards for Best Music, Overall Effect, Colorguard, Percussion, and Visual Effect.
In the AA category, First place was awarded to Nutley High School, who scored an 82.9, along with awards for best music and overall effect.
The AAA class was won by Roxbury High School with a score of 89.5 and wards for best visual effect, overall effect, The Ted Groeger Memorial Trophy for Best Percussion, Mayor’s Trophy for Best Overall performance, and Best Colorguard. West Orange concluded the competition with an Exhibition performance of their 2013 routine, "Creatures of the Night," which elicited cheers and rave reviews from the other bands and their families. West Orange performs in AAA competition.
The following is a complete list of the competition results:
1st place - Wayne Valley High School scoring 76.3, also taking awards for Best Music, Best Visual Effect, Best Overall Effect, Best Percussion, Best Colorguard
2nd place - Passaic Valley High School scoring 75.9
3rd place Livingston High School scoring 73.8
Participation Award - Morristown High scoring 73.2
1st place - Nutley High School scoring 82.9, also taking awards for Best Music, Best Overall Effect
2nd place - Morris Hills High School scoring 81.6, also taking award for Best Percussion and Best Overall Drum Major
3rd place - Columbia High School scoring 79.8
Participation Award - Glen Ridge High School scoring 77.9
Participation Award - Mount Olive 77.7, also taking award for Best Visual Effect and Best Colorguard
1st place - Roxbury High School scoring 89.5, also taking awards for Best Visual Effect, Best Overall Effect, Best Colorguard, The Ted Groeger Memorial Trophy for Best Percussion, and Mayor's Trophy for Best Overall Performance
2nd place - Piscataway High School scoring 88.3, also taking award for Best Music
3rd place - West Milford High School scoring 86.3
Participation Award - Verona High School scoring 83.7
Participation award - Wayne Hills High School scoring 79.1
Music Booster President Lisa Adelsohn was thrilled in describing the event. “The first West Orange Marching Band Invitational was a resounding success. The Marching Bands all performed with skill, precision and beautiful music, the WOHS facility shined, and the support of the volunteers and community was extraordinary. The sea of volunteers dressed in neon green shirts was a sight to behold. We want to thank everyone who came out to make this event successful. This was truly a community event which we are proud to say made West Orange shine.”
The Marching Mountaineers will perform Friday, October 18 at the Homecoming football game against Nutley, and will compete in Mt. Olive on Saturday, October 19.