SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raider Marching Band hosted its19th annual Marching Band Festival at SPFHS Varsity Field on Saturday, Sept. 16.

The packed stadium watched performances from 10 of New Jersey's top marching bands: Weehawken, Cranford, East Brunswick, Fair Lawn, Chatham, Bridgewater-Raritan, Immaculata, Edison, J.P. Stevens, Westfield. J.P. Stevens was presented with the top award for its musical and visual presentation.

The evening concluded with a performance by the 165-member SPFHS Raider Marching Band of its 2017 show, ELEMENTS: Water, Earth, Fire & Air. As the host band, the Raiders presentation was not judged in the competition. The band is led by band director Durand Thomas, assistant director John Gillick, color guard instructors Jackie Tumolo and Jackie Close, percussion instructor Scott Burrows, drill designer Carol Boos, color visual specialist Erica Boos, and visual/music volunteer Steve Hay. 

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Samantha Graifer, Briana McGowan and Audrey Smith serve as drum majors; Paolo Bayotas, Sarah Brainte, Mia Cimino, and Makaela Tajo are the color guard captains; Matt Mahmet is the band president; Stephen Oduro is the drumline captain; and Danielle Glickstein and Alexis Casterlow serve as percussion/pit captains. 

Section leaders:
Flute: Cristabella Fortna, Julianna Lamgna, and Lily Hsiao
Clarinet and Bass Clarinet: Josiah Baik, Francesca Carlino, and Nicole Vuono
Alto Sax: Ben Kuperscmid, Nicole Muenzen, and Vaishnavi Ramanan
Tenor and Baritone Sax: John DeMarco and Phoebe Collins
Trumpet: Nina Halberstadter, Avery Greenberg, and Joe Marta
Mellophone: Ryan Metzger
Baritone: Allan Romero and Isabel Brett
Tuba: Dylan Weinstock and Patrick O'Brien is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.