ROXBURY, NJ - Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment great for the whole family. The festive, upbeat and supportive atmosphere of the 9th Annual Roxbury Marching Band Classic (Roxbury Classic) will offer spectators an opportunity to experience a diverse range of performances resplendent with lively color guard routines, dynamic marching formations and compelling musical compositions.
The Roxbury Classic, a competition of local and regional high school marching bands, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 23 at Roxbury High School. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with a competition step-off time of 5:45 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 general admission; $8 senior citizens/students with ID and FREE for children 4 years old and younger.
The two Roxbury High School host marching bands will participate as non-competing exhibition ensembles at this year's Roxbury Classic. The Marching Gaels consists of a highly dedicated group of students determined to present a top notch performance and compete in both local and regional marching band competitions.
The award winning Roxbury Marching Gaels are proud to present their 2017 field show, “Ascend” featuring music by Anthony O'Toole, Eric Whitacre, David Beidenbender and Jay Bocook. The Gaels are proud to welcome Scott Slutter, music arrangements, and Bobby Jones, drill design, to their 2017 design team. Through exciting music, drill, and choreography as well as innovative use of props and electronics, the Gaels will explore a journey that takes the viewer through the sky and above the clouds.
The Marching Gaels are a symbol of pride and excellence for the school and community.
The Roxbury Sound was formed in 2012 to allow students to participate who were unable or did not wish to commit to the grueling schedule of the competition band. The Roxbury Sound performs a crowd pleasing, high-energy half-time show at all home football games and is a symbol of school spirit and entertainment for the school and community. Strengthening this atmosphere of unity, at the end of each home game, no matter the outcome, the Roxbury Sound plays the Roxbury HS Alma Mater while the entire football team gathers by the bleachers in solidarity to salute their school.
The Roxbury Sound will perform the exhibition finale at the 2017 Roxbury Classic this year.
Competing Marching Bands Chatham High School
Verona High School
Mendham High School
Hackensack High School
West Orange High School
Morris Hills High School
Mount Olive High School
Dover High School
Roxbury Marching Gaels
Roxbury Sound Football Band
The RHSPBA welcome back New Jersey radio personality Bob Williams, who will lend his talents as an accomplished announcer and DJ to be the "voice" of the Roxbury Classic.
Vendor booths offering candy & air grams, baked goods and a 50/50 raffle will be available. Beverages snacks and other edibles can be purchased from the large, well-stocked concession stand. Amenities include ample parking with convenient handicap spaces and indoor restrooms. A detailed Rain Contingency Plan is in place in the event of inclement weather.
The event is hosted by the Roxbury HS Band Parents Association (RHSBPA) along with the High School Instrumental Program, led by Jeffrey Conrad, RHS Band Director.
Proceeds benefit all Roxbury High School band ensembles. For more information about this event and the Roxbury Instrumental Program, visit roxburybandsnj.org.