SOUTH PLAINFIELD - On Sunday, Oct. 6, the South Plainfield High School Marching Band will present the 2019 S.P.H.S. Marching Band Home Show.  The Home Show has been a South Plainfield tradition for decades and next month, after a five year hiatus, bands from across the region will have their chance to perform on Frank R. Jost Field before crowds of spectators filling the stadium for the 2019 S.P.H.S. Marching Band Home Show Tournament of Bands (TOB) Competition.  The performances begin at 1p.m. and continue until evening.

TOB is one of the largest competitive band organizations in the United States.  The Home Show is expected to draw over 2,000 spectators to watch the high school marching bands compete.  The S.P.H.S. Marching Band is asking for volunteers and sponsors to help make the event a success as they represent South Plainfield with pride. 

“We are really looking forward to the Home Show,” said S.P.H.S. Principal Robert Diehl.  “Our staff, students and parents have done a great job preparing for this special event. We are proud at South Plainfield High School to continue the very successful legacy of S.P.H.S. musical performances and competition.”

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The Home Show incorporates South Plainfield’s spirit and strong sense of community, bringing together generations of alumni and a neighborhood of supporters.

“The Home Show gives the students a sense of pride in their town and in their band,” said Marching Band Director William Haughwout.  “They work really hard perfecting the field show and everyone can come and enjoy a day of music.  It’s an incredible experience for the marching band and the community.”

“We’re excited about having the Home Show,” said April Nguyen, Senior.  “I can’t wait.  It’s going to be really a lot of fun.  Everyone is going to come and we’re going to put on some shows.  It’s going to be great!”

Competing along with South Plainfield High School will be several local high school marching bands who have entered the Home Show tournament including, North Plainfield, Abraham Clark, Metuchen, Regional, Roselle Park and John F. Kennedy Memorial in Iselin.

“It's so exciting to be part of the phenomenal team reviving the tradition of S.P.H.S Marching Band home competitions!” said Joan O’Brien.  “This event is a lot of fun--and hard work!-- for everyone involved, but it's also a great opportunity to show off the spirit of South Plainfield.”

Music Boosters are asking for help from the community to make the 2019 S.P.H.S. Marching Band Home Show a success.  Volunteers, Sponsors and Vendors are needed.

“The S.P.H.S. Marching Band has a long history in our community,” said Jay Buchanan, Recording Secretary S.P.H.S. Music Boosters.  “By sponsoring the 2019 marching band competition, local businesses are helping to foster longevity and growth to not just the marching band program, but all music programs in our schools.  We relish in recognizing such commitment to arts and education.”

All sponsors will be acknowledged with advertisements in the event program and during PA announcements.  Sponsors are also needed with several sponsorship options:

Supporter ($50 to $249)
♫ half page advertisement in the program
Bronze Supporter ($250 to $499)
♫ full page advertisement in the program
Silver Supporter ($500-$749)
♫ full page ad in program, business card ad in all 2019-2020 SPHS concert programs
Gold Supporter ($750-$999)
♫ full page ad in program & full page ad in all 2019-2020 SPHS concert programs
Platinum Supporter ($1000+)
♫ Gold Supporter perks, plus a vinyl banner printed & displayed at the competition 

Volunteers are needed between the hours of 8a.m. and 6p.m. on October 6th, with multiple time frames and shifts available to assist with Traffic Control/Directions, Snack Stand Sales & Food Preparation, Fundraising Sales and Ticket Booth/Sales.  All volunteers will receive a STAFF event T-shirt and food voucher for the snack stands.

Generations of South Plainfield students have gone through the high school music program.  The long standing tradition of a Home Show brings together generations of alumni, who have fond memories of their days on the field for competition.

“My experiences in marching band were one of the reasons I decided to pursue music as a career,” said Eric Witkowski, Class of 1992, currently Roselle Park High School Choral Director. “Not only did our instructors, Director Joseph Tenore, and Assistant Director Bruce Mikolon, teach us about musicianship and discipline, they made it fun and introduced us to many experiences like competitions, parades, and football games. The memories we made on our trips to Virginia Beach/Williamsburg and Ireland are ones that will last a lifetime.”

“I went to S.P.H.S and was in Color Guard for freshman and sophomore years,” said Shannon Rosario.  “Marching Band was huge at that time in 1998/1999.  I think we had one of the largest guards and bands from all years S.P.H.S. Marching Band was a fun time back then!” 

Competition is an essential element of marching band.  The High School Marching Band competition season begins in early September and goes through November.  Bands travel from all over the state to convene at area high schools and have their chance to perform on the football field before seasoned professional judges.  In recent years, the S.P.H.S. Marching Band has brought home multiple trophies and were named Tournament of Bands Regional Champions in 2018.

“We have hosted competitions in South Plainfield off-and-on for decades, and the program has always become stronger during the years they are held,” said Buchanan. 

“The Home Show is a really good chance for a lot of people the students care about to really see what they’re about,” said Emily Niemeyer, Emily Color Guard Instructor.  “A lot of people believe that marching band is just a pep team for the football players, but they don’t actually get to see them at competitions, especially if competitions are hours away.  Having the Home Show in their hometown gives the chance for all of their family and friends to come to a competition so close to them and cheer them on.”

Students have been hard at work on this year’s field show.  Last week, the entire band spent the week in the mountains of Honesdale, Pennsylvania perfecting their performance.

“I’m really excited about this year’s performance,” said Haughwout.  “There are some new elements that we’re introducing, including some electronics and amplification on the field and it also has a message to it that the kids can relate to.  The theme of the show is another brick in the wall.  Everyone has the ability to make change and affect the world.”

The Home Show is the chance for South Plainfield’s marching band to share what they love with the community.  Preparations for the event have been underway for months and the excitement mounts as the final weeks approach leading up to the big event.

“The importance of a home show is for the community to see that South Plainfield has a really good marching band and they can come and support it,” said Assistant Marching Band Director Sean Ferguson.  “Years down the line, the community can say, we have a great marching band, look what they have done.  Every year, this is one place where all of the South Plainfield community can come together and support these kids.”

The S.P.H.S. Marching Band and Music Boosters would like to thank the South Plainfield community in advance for support of their Home Show.  They ask the community to spread the word about the event and come out to enjoy a day of music and entertainment.  Sponsors are needed and volunteers are welcome to help for any portion of the day.  

Volunteers can add their name to the list through the link THIS SIGNUP GENIUS LINK. All donations are tax deductible.  Anyone interested in sponsoring or becoming a vendor are asked to contact Jay Buchanan at jaybuch@gmail.com.  Checks can be mailed to: S.P.H.S. Boosters of the Musical Arts PO Box 261, South Plainfield, NJ 07080.