BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Highlander Band of Governor Livingston High School will host this year’s 43rd annual “Pageant of Champions” band tournament on Sunday, Oct. 12 beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Fourteen high school marching bands from across New Jersey will perform in this Tournament of Bands (TOB) competition. This family-friendly event will feature a festive atmosphere complete with hot food, snacks, baked goods and souvenirs. It’s a great day to come out and support your local bands. Under the direction of Nicholas O’Sullivan, the Highlander Band will be performing their 2014 field show “The New World.”

The band pageant tests the students’ abilities with intricate maneuvers while they play concert-quality music. High School students undergo an intense training regime aided by advanced choreography software to prepare for the show. Audience members of all ages are entertained by the music, colorful uniforms, intriguing themes, and cheering on high school students at their best.

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As a member of the TOB organization, the Highlander Marching Band competes against the top bands in the Chapter 10 division. This year Governor Livingston is competing in the Group 2 open class in which the season will culminate with the finals being performed at the Tournament of Bands (TOB) Atlantic Coast Championship in Hershey, PA. in late October.

The Highlander Band, steeped in tradition, pays tribute to the first governor of New Jersey, William Livingston, whose family migrated from Scotland, by wearing kilts designed with the Royal Stewart tartan colors. In addition, the band is escorted by their own bagpipers upon entering the field for competition. It is a spectacular display of the Highlanders pride and military discipline honoring Scottish traditions.

The performances for this year’s Pageant begin at 12:30 p.m. The $10 entrance ticket and a program highlighting each band are available at the event.  Berkeley Heights and Mountainside students wearing School Spirit clothing or Scouts in uniform get in FREE! Governor Livingston HS is located at 175 Watchung Blvd., Berkeley Heights. Additional parking is available at Alcatel Lucent off of Glenside Road where shuttle-bus service is available to take visitors to and from the High School. Handicapped parking is available at the High School. Visit www.highlanderband.org.