ROXBURY, NJ - The Watchung Hills Marching Warriors placed first in the 11th Annual Roxbury Marching Band Classic on Saturday, a competition style event presenting marching bands from throughout New Jersey. 

The Marching Warriors placed FIRST out of four bands in Group AA. This event was the first of several the band will be performing in this season. Additional appearances include: Yamaha Cup at Metlife Stadium on Oct. 5 at 2PM, Somerville High School on Oct. 12 at 5:30PM, Ridge High School on Oct. 19, and East Brunswick High School on Oct. 26. 

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Senior Drum Major Cristina Sarrico commented on the outcome at Roxbury:

“It has been an absolutely incredible experience to be a part of the Marching Warriors these past four years. Six years ago and even more recent than that, the band was nowhere near the level it is at today. Although the transition into a better band has not always been smooth, as a group we have grown so much, and as an individual I have pushed myself to be better than I thought was possible. Winning first at our Roxbury competition on Saturday made me so proud of all of the hard work put in by staff and students over the years, and it really showed that it is possible to be both a tight-knit family and a great band.”


The band’s show this year is Jump, Jive and Wail.  It features jazz greats, Caravan, What a Wonderful World and Birdland.  The band is directed by Paul McCullen and Asst. Director Joseph Itkor.  Drum Majors are Cristina Sarrico and Jeremy Shamai.


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