EDISON, NJ - The John P. Stevens Marching Hawks hosted their 31st annual Marching Band Festival on October 7 at John P. Stevens High School. Eight marching bands from Central Jersey and surrounding areas performed at the festival for trophies and caption awards for Best Music, Best Effect, and Best Visual.

“This year [Edison High School and JP Stevens] are both doing really well. I anticipate some either winning or high finishes in the state competitions that’ll be coming,” said Robert Pispecky who serves as the district supervisor of music, art and dance. Mr. Pispecky oversees both the Edison High School band and John P. Stevens High School band.

Andrew DeNicola, director of the band, said “The season has been very, very successful so far,” adding, “the band is working extremely hard, the staff has been very dedicated, and the kids have really bought into the program, and are trying to do everything we tell them to do.” Gail Pawlikowski, principal of John P. Stevens, appreciated the support the program has received.  “Edison is so supportive of the band program. From the Board, to the superintendent, to the supervisor, and even both principals love the program. It takes such dedication and time commitment, we just truly appreciate it because we see the results” she said.

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Here are the schools that participated and the awards they received:

Group II A           Oceanside HS (NY)                        1st Place and all caption awards

Group IV A          Colonia HS (NJ)                             1st Place and all caption awards

Group IV A          Cranford HS (NJ)                            2nd Place

Group I Open      Monsignor Farrell HS (NY)             1st Place and all caption awards

Group III Open    Wayne Valley HS (NJ)                    1st Place and all caption awards

Group IV Open    Edison HS (NJ)                              1st Place and all caption awards

Group VI Open    Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS (NJ)   1st Place and all caption awards

Mayor's Trophy    Edison HS                                      Highest Overall Scoring Band (Open Division)