LITTLE FALLS, NJ - The Passaic Valley High School Marching Band has taken first place in the USBands New Jersey State Championships, held at Wayne Valley High School on Sunday, besting the competition with a score of 87.665. It is the first state championship title for the school in 34 years.

PV competed against seven other bands in their division - Runson, West Long Branch, Hackettstown, Frenchtown, Linden, Haddon Heights, and Burlington. 

In addition to the top score, the band won for best visual, best overall effect and best color guard.

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"It has been one wild ride this season," band director Mike DeLuccia posted. "Taking home first place makes it all worthwhile for these incredible kids. Extremely proud of them this year."

The marching band went into the championship competition on a winning streak of four weeks in a row bringing home a trophy, including a first place win at the Yamaha Cup.