RANDOLPH, NJ- Bauer Stadium at Randolph High School will be ringing with the sounds of Marching Band music on Saturday Oct. 3 starting at 6 p.m. The 42nd annual Under the Stars Festival, hosted by the Randolph Marching Rams Band, will feature 16 marching bands competing for honors in Music, Percussion and Color Guard. The Festival will feature high school bands from across the state as well as one band traveling from Ohio to compete.

The Randolph High School Band Parents’ Association, sponsor of the event, invites the community to enjoy an evening of marching band music, explosive percussion and  field visuals led by the color guards.

Tickets are $10 ( $5 for students and seniors). There will be refreshments for sale including delicious chili and baked goods. BPA parent volunteers will be working hard to insure the event runs smoothly for the 1100 expected attendees.

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At the end of the evening the award-winning Marching Rams will present their 2015 show “The Music of Cirque du Soleil”. The 140+ members of the Marching Band are led by Drum Major Justin Kozma, Associate Drum Major Katrina Arenas and Assistant Drum Major Laura Sefcik. The entire band has been working hard to perfect the show which includes a beautiful handbell arrangement.

Guided by a gifted and dedicated band staff, starting with Band Camp in August and continuing through daily music classes as well as weekly evening practices, the Marching Rams dedicate many hours to learning music and drill and then putting them together for a visually appealing and musically stunning experience.

As hosts of the Under the Stars Festival, the Marching Rams do not compete for awards. They do, however, receive judges’ feedback which they will use to further improve their show for other upcoming competitions.

Randolph High School Director of Bands, Dawn Russo, points out that Marching Band is about “music and motion”.  More importantly, Russo notes that for individual students, Marching Band is also about “confidence building, performance, hard work, dedication and excellence. Marching Band, most importantly, teaches life skills that students will use now and in their future adult lives."

The Under the Stars Festival is an opportunity for bands to showcase their hard work and talent. For all students, high school is more than just academics. Whether students are athletes or musicians, members of clubs or involved in high school productions, they all want to highlight their unique talents.