The Chatham High School Marching Band concluded another successful competitive season Saturday at the U.S. Bands New Jersey State Open Division Championships. The marching Cougars delighted marching band enthusiasts at High Point Solutions Stadium at Rutgers University with a third-place finish.

The Band also competed in three other local shows this season. On Sept. 26, they placed first in Division A at the Roxbury Competition, earning awards for best music, best visual effect, best guard, and bestpercussion.

In the Randolph competition on Oct. 1, the marching Cougars placed first in Division III with high honors for best music, best guard and best percussion. The band also received a Gold rating at the NJMEA State Marching Band Festival at Wayne Hills High School on Oct. 15, where they earned special honors for best visual effect and outstanding soloist, CHS All-State violinist Felicia Guo.

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This year’s show, The Great Silk Road, was composed by Rob Stein, with the field marching drill by Carl Boos. The “Silk Road” was an ancient network of trade routes that were central to cultural interaction throughout regions of the Asian continent, connecting the West and East from China to the Mediterranean Sea. The show depicted an exciting first-century caravan journey to the Syrian city of Palmyra. Through lavish scenery of the desert sunset and a map of the Great Silk Road, audiences traveled the exotic journey.

Band Director Brian Conti notes his pride in his students, and their solid work ethic as key to the success of the season. Conti specifically noted the outstanding leadership of drum majors Sean McCarty and Raaghav Seth, in addition to outstanding section leaders, parent “roadies,” staff members, and administrative support as all being in place to support the students throughout the season. The band will perform at the upcoming football games, and will celebrate their achievements at their annual Marching Band Awards Banquet on Nov. 14.