ROSELLE/ROSELLE PARK, NJ - It may have been summer vacation for many, but for the local high school students in marching bands, it was practice and more practice, as they worked to perfect their performances and gear up for the start of events and competitions. 

In Roselle, the Abraham Clark H.S. Marching Band is stepping up their game this year, according to Amanda Nagy-Harrison the district's Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts, and Band Director Frank Amato.

For the first time in a very long time, the Roselle Marching Rams will be participating in the Tournament of Bands and competing in a local competition on October 6, and a Statewide competition on October 19, with “Game of Thrones” as the performance theme. 

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“We are beyond excited to announce the status of our growing marching band and its importance and connection to keeping our students structured and involved. The Arts Department as a whole in the Roselle Public School District continues to grow thanks to our incredible and dedicated teachers such as ACHS Band Director, Mr. Frank Amato,” said Nagy-Harrison. “The Visual and Performing Arts Department is ecstatic about our leaps and bounds, looking forward to the bright future ahead, starting with this upcoming school year.”  

The Roselle Park H.S. Marching Band has been practicing all summer as they continue to play and compete. Previously the band was a Group 1 category, which is less than 30 members. Still progressively growing over the past 10 years, they are now raised up to a Group 2A category. 

The RPHS Panthers success is due to a talented group of staff and directors who start in January each year, to plan out the music and choreography. The students receive their music by April and start practicing long before the summer band camp even starts. 

Both bands worked during band camp last week in 90-degree temperatures on their respective football fields to perfect their shows for the upcoming season. 

The Roselle Park H.S. Marching Band gave their first public performance of "Ladies Night On Broadway" for family and friends last Friday evening. The video below is that show, courtesy of RP Councilman Joseph DeIorio. 

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