TOMS RIVER, NJ - The Gov. Livingston Highlander Marching Band had a big weekend winning both the Tournament of Bands Group 10 State Championship on Saturday at Toms River High School East and the Regions at the Chapter 10 [North Jersey/Greater New York City Metropolitan Region] tournament at West Essex High School on Sunday.

Under the direction of Band Director Nicholas O'Sullivan, the Highlander Marching Band performed their field show "The Sun, The Moon, and The Stars." The band took home, for the third consecutive year, the Group II Open Class championship with a score of 94.55, and received a special caption award for "Best Music."  The following day, the band won the Region 10 Championship with a score of 95.55, and won "Best Music," "Best Visual," "Best Auxillary" and "Best Percussion."

"We are incredibly proud of the hard work of the students, parents, and staff," said O'Sullivan. "This season, as a collective group, we aimed to put forth a field show that would be competitive and we feel we are on the right track. Across the past 10 weeks, the students have made incredible strides and have placed very well as a result. We look forward to continuing to do so this week as we approach our final competition of the season."

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Throughout the season, Gov. Livingston has shared top rankings with Deptford and Huntingtown, MD, and was ranked first in the East Coast Rankings as of October 14, and is currently in third place heading into the Atlantic Coast Championships in Hershey, PA

O'Sullivan looks forward to see the Atlantic Coast Championships this coming Sunday. "It'll be the first (and last) time this season that the top three bands are together being judged by the same judges," said O'Sullivan. 

The Highlander Marching Band travels to Hershey, PA on Sunday, Oct. 28 to compete in the  2018 TOB Atlantic Coast Championships, where they are seeded third out of 19 bands competing in Group II Open Class category.