BAYONNE, NJ - It has been a busy week, and a banner year, for the Bayonne High School Marching Band. 

The student musicians and performers competed at USBands National Championship on Saturday,  at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and, going up against 10 other bands hailing from across the Northeast, placed 4th in the nation with their highest score of the season: 91.305.  

Earlier in the week, the band took the field at the USBands State Championship in Hillsborough, placing 2nd in the state overall and winning Best Color Guard and Best Percussion. This is the second year in a row the band has ranked 2nd in the state and it is such an incredible achievement.  

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This year's field show was, "Don't Stop Me Now," featuring the greatest hits of Queen. 

"The USBands competitions are a great way to celebrate our students, showcase their talents and teach valuable lessons about teamwork and sportsmanship. This would not have been possible without the dedication of our incredible staff," Band Director Samantha Hitchell said offering her thanks to George Lavelle (Show Coordinator), Michael Fatorous (Visual Instructor), Robert Cuevas (Color Guard Instructor), Kevin Herrera (Assistant Color Guard Instructor), Alyssa Rodriguez (Wind Instructor), Giancarlo Megale (Percussion Instructor), and Jacob Rodriguez (Assistant Percussion Instructor).

The BHS Marching Band’s 52-member ensemble is led by senior Drum Major Julia Gordon. This year’s section leaders are Carl Basil Blasa, Alejandra Figueroa, Maggie Caley, Joaquin Munyan, Gabriella Mega.

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