TOMS RIVER AND WEST ESSEX, NJ  -  The Highlander Marching Band ventured out to Toms River North High School on Saturday, October 19th 2019, for State Championships. Although Highlanders got a lower score than their last judged performance, they still received higher scores than all the other bands in their group with a score of 93.700, winning the State Championship. 

The next day, the marching band went to West Essex High School for the Regional Championship. The weather did not favor competition, however, the Highlanders still received a season best score. GL scored 95.550, a full 1.85 points better than its previous performance. Band director Nicholas O’Sullivan said, “Rain cannot stop us. In fact, we do better in bad weather. We fought through Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and we won ACCs.” 

The Highlander Marching Band will head to Hershey, Pennsylvania for Atlantic Coast Championships in November. They hope to beat their rivals West Deptford High School and Allegany High School. If they do win, it will be the first time Governor Livingston are Atlantic Coast Champions since 2012.