Arthur L. Johnson High School Crusader Marching Band Debuts 2016 Season

The Arthur L. Johnson High School Marching Band perform a selection from their 2016 show, "Warriors." Credits: Regina Prussack
The Marching Crusaders have won first place and been named best visual, and best marching in 2016 band competitions. Credits: Regina Prussack

CLARK, NJ - It has been a full month into the school year for Arthur L. Johnson High School, which means a full two months of hard work from the Crusader Marching Band.

This year, the Marching Crusaders are proud to present their 2016 field show, “Warriors.” The show, as performed by the band, tells a story in three movements:

  • Movement one – “War is Coming”
  • Movement two – “Lost”
  • Movement three – “Triumph”

The students work hard to show the victories and hardships of a group of warriors as their land is invaded throughout this seven-minute production.

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The ALJ marching band started its season in the last few weeks of August, during what is referred to as ‘band camp.” Band camp is a two-week intense training session for the marchers to start learning their field show and proper technique.

The students spent about six and a half hours each day working non-stop through these two weeks. Although it’s tiring, the students absolutely adore their time spent at band camp.

“Coming together to learn an awesome show with 46 of my closest friends” is why Kelly Sullivan, an ALJ senior, says it’s all worth it.

The students create a bond together that others can see is inseparable. They become one large family.

“We get to spend time with friends doing something we all love to do,” agreed senior Sydne Friedman.

This plethora of bonding and determination has certainly paid off for the band. The Marching Crusaders have already competed twice this season, in Matawan and Ramsey. In both competitions they won first place, best visual, and best marching.

The Crusader Marching Band's next competition is on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Sayreville High School.  The competition begins at 3 p.m. and the Crusaders are scheduled to perform at 8 p.m.

Editor's Note: Lauren Petite is a student at the Arthur L. Johnson High School and a contributor to TAPinto Clark.

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