RANDOLPH NJ-- Randolph High School hosted Under the Stars, a marching band competition for 12 local high school bands, on Saturday, October 5, where Roxbury edged out West Milford by one point to win the award for Best Band Overall.
The visiting bands were placed into five different divisions based on the size of the band and judged in different categories including Best Color Guard, Percussion, and Music Award in each division, and Best Color Guard, Percussion, Music, and Band Overall. Roxbury, a division three band, emerged as a leading force with many awards, which included the award for Best Percussion, Color Guard, and Visual Effect Overall.
West Milford had previously won the Under the Stars event nine years in a row, with only one loss separating their next five year win streak up until 2018. Roxbury, a last minute entry, managed to beat the reigning champions on Saturday night, making it a very important night for the Marching Gaels.
The competition was an important night for the Marching Rams as well; it was a big night for fundraising and they were able to perform their performance “Fire and Ice” for the first time in exhibition.
While the Marching Rams did not compete, Mr Fantazzi, Randolph’s new band director said, “Our band had a fantastic performance. The students were really excited to play for their family and friends, and all of the other bands in attendance.”
Attendance to the Under the Stars marching band competitions has increased over the years as more bands have entered the competition, and family and friends come to support those competing.
The Marching Rams will next be competing in NJMEA State Marching Band Festival on October 19th.
Editor's Note : Elizabeth Hamilton is a student at RHS participating in the journalism program.