PISCATAWAY, NJ – Parents and other marching band supporters filled the stands at Piscataway High School’s Dominic R. Ciardi Athletic Field on Saturday, cheering on their favorite performances at the Superchiefs 40th Annual Band Festival.

Co-sponsored by U.S. Bands, which manages almost 150 scholastic band events across the country, this year’s festival featured 16 high schools from Central Jersey, North Jersey, and New York participating in the juried event.

Competing ensembles from around Middlesex County included the East Brunswick Marching Band, Edison’s John P. Stevens High School Marching Hawks, South Brunswick Viking Marching Band, Old Bridge High School Marching Knights, and the Edison High School Marching Band.

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Bands included dance routines by their color guards, with some adding props and vocalists vying for ‘Best Music, Best Visual, Best Overall Effects, Best Percussion, Best Color Guard and Best Caption’ trophy awards.

The award winning Superchiefs Marching Band, under the direction of Dr. Christopher G. Sumner and Mr. Kenneth V. Zampella performed an exhibition program towards the end of the night, acting and narrating scenes that highlighted this year’s theme, The War of the Worlds, a combination of the 1898 science fiction novel by H. G. Wells and the 1938 radio drama narrated by Orson Welles, both of the same name.

The Old Bridge High School Marching Knights took home 1st place for Group 4, while the Edison High School Marching Band placed 2nd.

In Group 6 competition, the South Brunswick Vikings Marching Band placed 1st, and the John P. Stevens High School Marching Hawks came in 2nd.