RANDOLPH, NJ-Bauer Stadium at Randolph High School will be ringing with the sounds of Marching Band music on Saturday October 1 starting at 6 pm. The 43rd annual Under the Stars Festival, hosted by the Randolph Marching Rams Band, will feature  15 marching bands competing for honors in Music, Percussion and Color Guard. The Festival will feature high school bands from across the state including local favorites, the Morristown Colonials, the West Milford Marching Highlanders and the Dover High School Tiger Marching Band.

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

Tickets are $10 and $5 for students and seniors. There will be refreshments for sale including delicious chili and home-baked desserts. BPA parent volunteers will be working hard to insure the event runs smoothly for the 1100 expected attendees. Funds raised during the event support all the Bands of Randolph High School including marching band and color guard, concert groups and jazz ensembles.

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At the end of the evening the award-winning Marching Rams will present their 2016 show “The Jewel and the Dragon” with music by Randall Standridge. The 130+ members of the Marching Band are led by Drum Major Kat Arena, Associate Drum Major Laura Sefchik and Assistant Drum Major Perry Gish.

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, including the Yamaha Cup to be held at Met Life Stadium later in October.

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

The Under the Stars Festival is a great opportunity for bands to showcase their hard work and talent.