LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston High School’s (LHS) award-winning Lancer Marching Band is gearing up for a 2019 season that will include entertaining the crowd at football games, performing in an upcoming show called “Sweet Home Chicago,” competing against other local marching bands and returning to MetLIfe Stadium to perform at a New York Jets game.
This year’s drum majors, who are selected through a “rigorous audition process each spring,” according to LHS Band Director Jim Hegedus, are seniors Emma Boxer and Victoria Hostetler and junior Carley Margolis.
“This year’s drum majors are doing a great job and are super enthusiastic about leading the band to new and greater achievements,” said Hegedus. “They are like mini band directors who lead the band and conduct them during the whole season. The Drum Majors will warm up the band before games, competitions and rehearsals. They conduct the band on the field and in the stands for football games.”
Following the band’s debut at this Friday night’s football game against Randolph, the Lancers marching band will head to MetLife Stadium on Sunday to perform during the New York Jets opening game against the Bills. The Lancers will also play at the New Jersey Devils game on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020.
In addition to competitions at Randolph High School, Hanover Park High School, West Orange High School, Union High School and Montville High School.
LHS Band Director Jim Hegedus said he looks forward to the group’s performance of “Sweet Home Chicago,” which features music that is themed around the Windy City.
“We are doing ‘And All that Jazz’ from the musical ‘Chicago,’ ‘Saturday in the Park’ from the group Chicago and two songs from Frank Sinatra, “Chicago’ (my kind of town) and ‘Chicago’ (that toddling town),” said Hegedus. “The last two songs will have two vocalists singing for the first time.”
Hegedus invites the public to “come out and support the Lancer Marching Band at our competitions and cheer them on.”
Members of the marching band recently joined the LHS football players and cheerleaders for their annual end-of-summer mixer event, where they all get a chance to learn a little more about each other. During the festivities, football players learned how to march in time, while band members and cheerleaders tried out their passing and kicking skills.
Photos of this event can be seen above, courtesy of Livingston Public Schools. Click HERE to read a preview of this upcoming LHS football season.