CLARK, NJ - Did you hear the sound of trumpets and drums coming from the fields at Arthur L. Johnson High School recently? Perhaps you saw spinning flags in the distance? Those were the sights and sounds of the ALJ Crusader Marching Band practicing at band camp which started on August 21. 

Mrs. Rachel Bollaro, director of bands at ALJ, is very excited that the Marching Band grew to over 50 members. "The band members, both musicians and color guard, have been working very hard during band camp and have made excellent progress in such a short time.  We all are looking forward to another successful season."

"I'm having a great time and am happy to be a part of the Marching Band,” said Matt, a new member of the Crusader Marching Band about his experiences at camp.

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"I am excited to start my last season of Marching Band because over the last 4 years, Marching Band has been a second home.  My experiences have made me the person I am today.  One of my goals this season is to pass on our traditions to our new members," said Norberto Diaz, ALJ Band Drum Major.

The Crusader Marching Band competes in the Tournament of Bands throughout the Fall months, concluding with the Atlantic Coast Championships held in Hershey, PA.  This year’s show is titled, ‘Noble Hearts’ and is a tribute to the men and women who serve and have served in the Armed Forces.

Mark your calendar to see the first performance of the Crusader Marching Band at the first football game of the season at ALJ on Friday September 8.