SOMERVILLE, NJ - The award-winning Somerville High School Pioneer Marching Band will host its 38th Annual Marching Band Festival on Saturday Oct. 6.with 14 high school bands scheduled to perform at the event.

The other 13 high school bands performing are from New Providence, Tottenville, Hunterdon Central, Port Chester, Lenape Valley, Immaculata, Weehawken, Bernards, Delaware Valley, Long Branch, Ridge, Mendham, Point Pleasant and Howell. 

The festival will be held at SHS, 222 Davenport St. and will begin at 4:30 p.m. with awards ceremonies held around 8:45 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors. There will be food, beverages and homemade desserts for sale.

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The Pioneer Marching Band will be performing their 2018 show “The Power of Us.” It uses music, artistry and visual design to express the idea that great things can be accomplished when we work together. The band and color guard, totaling 112 students, performs every weekend in the fall – at home and away football games and USBands competitions through the end of October.

Pioneer Marching Band members started preparing for this season in August. They begin their competition schedule on Sept. 22 at Scotch Plains- Fanwood and will finish the season at the New Jersey State Championships at Rutgers University on Oct. 27.

The Marching Band is under the direction of Matthew Krempasky, assisted by Stephen Loreti. The Color Guard is under the direction of Joe Harris, Jay Drake, Cynthia Wong and Amy Sutphen. Percussion is under the direction of Meghan Major, Joseph LaVecchia and Dylan Cochran. Drum Majors are Jeffrey Uy and Alexis Taylor. For further information, please visit www.shsmbanj.com