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Somerville High School Pioneers Host 37th Annual Marching Band Competition

The Somerville High School Pioneers Marching Band hosts its 37th annual competition Oct. 7 beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the school. Credits: Courtesy Somerville High School
The Somerville High School Pioneers Marching Band hosts its 37th annual competition Oct. 7 beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the school. Credits: Courtesy Somerville High School
The Somerville High School Pioneers Marching Band hosts its 37th annual competition Oct. 7 beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the school. Credits: Courtesy Somerville High School
The Somerville High School Pioneers Marching Band hosts its 37th annual competition Oct. 7 beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the school. Credits: Courtesy Somerville High School



SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerville High School Pioneer Marching Band will host its 37th Annual Home Show on Saturday Oct. 7 with 15 area high school bands scheduled to participate in the competition

Included are marching band units from Hunterdon Central, Ridge, New Providence, Cranford, Immaculata, Long Branch, Delaware Valley, Mendham, Point Pleasant Borough, Watchung Hills, Bernards, Franklin, West Windsor-Plainsboro, Ocean Township, and Vernon Township. 

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The event begins at 4:30 p.m. at Somerville High School, 222 Davenport St. with the award ceremonies beginning around 10 p.m.. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for students ands eniors. There will be food, beverages and homemade desserts for sale. 

The Somerville HS Pioneer Marching Band will perform their 2017 show “Outside the Bachs”, in exhibition, at the end of the competition as the host band.

The Pioneer marching band and color guard, totaling 147 students, performs every weekend in the fall, at home and away football games, and US Bands competitions through the beginning of November.

The Pioneer marching band started preparing for the 2017 US Bands competition season in August. They participated in the Lenape Valley HS Competition on Sept. 16th , where they won first place and The Best in Show Award. Their competition schedule includes Huntedon Central on Sept. 23rd,t he Yamaha Cup at MetLife Stadium Oct. 14th, East Brunswick on Oct. 21st and The New Jersey State Championships at Rutgers University on Oct. 28th. 

The Marching Band is under Director Matthew Krempasky, and assistant Director Stephen Loreti. The color guard is under the direction of Joe Harris, Jay Drake, Cindy Wong and Amy Sutphen. Percussion is under the direction of Joseph LaVecchia and Meghan Major. Visual is assisted by Taylor Rehe and Jeremy San Jose. 

For more information regarding this event and other performances visit the website http://www.shsmbanj.com/. 

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