MADISON, NJ - The Madison High School Marching Dodgers will host and compete against top area marching bands on Sunday, October 5 at 1 pm at Madison High School at 170 Ridgedale Ave.

The bands, which range in size from Group I to Group IV, are competing for a chance to get to the Atlantic Coast Championships. The Marching Dodgers are competing in Open Class for the third year.

The band currently has 51 members including 8 color guard members, and a pit crew of parents. They compete almost every weekend, and their show can also be seen at half-time during varsity football home games. The Tournament of Bands will start at 1 p.m. and includes food and souvenirs as well as shows. The public is invited to attend for $10 admission at the gate.

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This is the Marching Dodgers' fifth year in competition, under the leadership of Director of Bands Russell Batsch. Previously, Madison High School had not had a marching band since 1995.

 “Our home show is not just important for placement, but for the whole town of Madison as well,” said director Russ Batsch, “We hope they will turn out and cheer us on! Our show, ‘Matters of the Heart’ ties together love songs of all sorts. Come feel the love!”

The Marching Dodgers are supported by the Marching Dodger Booster Club, an official 501(c)3 nonprofit charity that welcomes donations and has helped to fund improvements for the band’s 2013 season of shows and competitions, including additions to uniforms, colorful new flags, instruments, safety equipment, music and music computer programs, along with the maintenance of equipment, repairs of instruments, and transportation expenses. To support the band, donations may be made to: The Marching Dodgers Booster Club (MDBC), P.O. Box 34, Madison, N.J. 07940.  For more information call 201-274-4617.