BARNEGAT, NJ -  Marching Band Director Daniel McGrath and his Marching Bengals have earned a new distinction. Call them the champions!  For the first time in Barnegat High School's history, the Marching Bengals scored first place in their division for the New Jersey State Tournament of Bands (TOB).

The TOB competition was held at Toms River High School North on Saturday, October 19th.  The Marching Bengals compete in Group 1A, along with nine other bands. A final score of 88.700 earned the group first place. Judges also recognized the Marching Bengals with the Best Visual Caption Award.

"It was a picture-perfect day in Toms River and the students had an amazing performance, shared McGrath. " I would like to personally thank the efforts of all of the students, parents, and marching band staff for their support in winning the State Championship title this year. "

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Other local marching bands in competition against Barnegat were: Brick Twp. High School (2nd Place), Collingswood High School (3rd Place), Manville High School (4th Place), Pitman High School (5th Place), Woodstown High School (6th Place), Florence Twp. Memorial High School (7th Place), Maple Shade High School (8th Place), Abraham Clark High School (9th Place), and Rutherford High School (10th Place). 

The Marching Bengals can be seen on the field for their final Marching Band Competition of the season on Saturday October 26th at TOB Atlantic Coast Championships at Cedar Cliff High School’s “West Shore Stadium” in Camp Hill, PA.

Anyone who wants to see the Marching Bengals more locally can watch them perform at the home football game on Friday October 25th, when the team goes up against  Asbury Park High School. There's also a chance to catch them at the last regular season football game on the road at Pinelands Regional High School on Friday November 1st.