WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The Borough Council on Jan. 22 recognized the Passaic Valley High School Marching Band for taking first place in its division in the USBands New Jersey State Championship. The band took the state title, its first in 34 years, competing against five others in division Group 1A. It also won for best visual, best overall effect and best color guard.

"We want you to know how proud we are of these accomplishments," Mayor Keith Kazmark said at the meeting, where West Paterson Soccer Association U15 Alliance boys team was also honored for their fall championship. "Without the commitment of your parents and the program coordinators these title would not have been able to be accomplished."

Honored were band director Michael DeLuccia, assistant Chris DeWilde, arrangers James Butcher and Russel Monte, color guard director Erin Colgan, drill designer Ken Sadowsky and band members Raven Abbe, Alex Ack, Christie Ack, May Bilek, Patrick Calvano, Nicholas Cooper, Michaela Cottone, Selin Deniz, Daniel Dransfield, Rosalind Friedrich, Daniela Gencarelli, Michael Hearney, Mark Huggins, Bianca Ionescu, Jeremy Kalokitis, Daniel Kania, Grace Martinez, Christopher Miles, Nicholas Minadeo, Sarah Mitchell, Lauren Nelson, Jaylene Nogueira, Alexandra Paese, Zachary Parente, Mia Preziosi, Michael Preziosi, Erin Riley, Gabriel Rodriguez, Evan Sanchez, Kristen Schubert, Isabella Semeraro, Chyna Sinclair, Kendra Smith, Aidan Timms and Francesco Vincenti.

The band, at the state championship that was held on Nov. 3, 2019, bested its competition with a score of 87.665. PV went into the championship competition on a winning streak of four weeks in a row of bringing home a trophy, including a first place win at the Yamaha Cup.