HERSHEY, PA - The Highlander Band travelled to Hershey, Pennsylvania for the Atlantic Coast Championships at Hershey Park Stadium on Nov. 8. The championship is a part of the Tournament of Bands, a series of marching band competitions during the fall.

Ensembles are judged on a 100-point scale and divided into groups based on their number of marching musicians, and their category of experience: Open Class, A Class or Festival Class.   The Highlander Band competed alongside 16 other bands many with significantly greater numbers of marching musicians in the Open class which is the most competitive class.

When the band led by Drum Major Maya Sternberg took to the field, the decked in red Highlander Band parents and fans left no question as to who they were cheering for.

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The performance entitled “TIME” directed by Nicholas O’Sullivan kicked off with “I am the Doctor” the theme from “Doctor Who” and featured the love theme from “Somewhere in Time”, an original arrangement and “Clocks” by Cold Play from “Doctor Who”. The music was punctuated by the tolling bells of Big Ben, and quotes from “Back to the Future”. The show included a trumpet solo by musician Jonathan George, and dance solos by color guard members Erin Savino, Eden Aflalo and Emily Redunski. The ensemble earned a score of 94.8 out of 100 and placed fifth in the group.

“The students played a really great show one of our best of the season, they were gold finalists and did an amazing performance competing with larger bands,” said O’Sullivan.

The musicians commitment and dedication carried them through a season to be proud of with back-to-back first place wins and award winning performances.