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Chatham High Marching Band Concludes Season with 4th Place at US Bands Group 2 Open Championships

Chatham High Marching Band Drum Majors Owen LaChance and Aaron Wiedemer show off the school's awards earned this fall season Credits: CHS
Credits: CHS
Credits: CHS
Credits: CHS
Chatham High Band at Rugers' High Point Solutions Stadium Credits: CHS

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham High School Marching Band recently concluded its competitive season with a fourth place finish at the US Bands Group 2 Open Championships held at High Point Solutions Stadium at Rutgers University.

This year’s CHS Marching Band show, Land of the Free, was an inspiring show dedicated to American history and patriotism. The band’s first competition was in early September at the Scotch Plains Competition in Group 2 Open and finished in 2nd place. The next 2 competitions were Independent shows at Roxbury High School and the Randolph High School.

The band took second place at Roxbury and 1st place at the Randolph show in Division II with High Honors for Best Music, Best Visual and Best Overall Effect Performance. In addition to football games and competitions, the band gave spirited performances at the opening ceremonies for Mini-Marathon at Lafayette School on October 23rd and the Washington Ave. School Halloween Parade on October 31st. 

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On Band Day, many eighth grade students performed in the stands with the high school marching band members. The event was a huge success with a large number of participating students. Band Director Brian Conti noted his pride in his students, and their solid work ethic as key to the success of the season.

Completing his twenty-sixth year as director, Conti specifically noted the outstanding leadership of drum majors Owen LaChance and Aaron Wiedemer, 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 also performed at CHS football games to exuberant crowds throughout the season. To complete their season, the band and their families celebrated their achievements at the annual Marching Cougar Awards Banquet on November 13th.

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