SAYREVILLE, NJ - The South Plainfield High School Marching Band won first place this past weekend in the Tournament of Bands Marching Band Competition that took place on Saturday, October 6th at Sayreville War Memorial High School, located at 820 Washington Road in Sayreville.

“The students worked really hard last week and it paid off,” said Band Director William Haughwout.  “They’re feeling really good about being awarded first place and I feel good for them.  I’m glad that all of their hard work paid off and they saw that everything that they did came across as a first place win.”

Saturday’s dark skies and damp air did not deter the members of South Plainfield’s marching band from striving to achieve and obtain top placement in their division and bring home the first place trophy.  The students have been perfecting their field show, “Illusions,” for months with rigorous practices running late into the evenings. 

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“This win is just amazing,” said Nina Rohrer, Vice President of the S.P.H.S. Music Boosters.  “Our Musicians and Color Guard stood out compared to the other bands at the competition.  They’ve been working incredibly hard to perfect this year’s show!”  

Students have performed in four competitions so far this marching band season.  Each week, their scores have increased.  This past weekend, they reached their highest score yet for the 2018 season of 85.370.  

“I am so impressed with the dedication and lofty goals of the band this year,” said Band Parent Paul Campos, who was Drum Major of the Edison High School Marching Band as a student in 1992.  “They secured a first place win midseason and yet I still heard many band members saying to each other that ‘we can do better’ and I know they have the spirit to do it.”

With Regional Championships quickly approaching, the students must work harder than ever as they compete in weekly tournaments against leading bands from across the region to defend their rank as last year’s New York Metropolitan Regional Champions.

“All performing bands this year are very good,” added Rohrer.  “We have a title to defend, so it’s important that they stay extra focused and work extra hard, especially on the small details.  Mr. Haughwout and Mr. Ferguson are great at keeping them all focused and motivated.”

This year, there are 51 bands from throughout the region competing in the 2-A Division Tournament of Bands Competitions.  The bands South Plainfield is up against are extremely skilled and have unique, creative performances and music selections.

“It’s less to me about winning or losing and more of the effect the show has on the performers,” said Drum Major Aleks Slicner.  “Getting off the field after the performance at the competition, there was so much energy and everyone had a great time.  That’s what matters to me most.  If the judges see that we had a great show and give us a good score, well, that’s just supplementary.”

“I don’t know of any other group of students that work harder than our marching band,” said Rohrer.  “And there are also so many people working behind the scenes that have helped to make this year a success including, the pit crew, the meals on wheels parents, the uniform moms, along with all of the other parents who assist to make sure everything runs smoothly.”

The S.P.H.S. Marching Band will have their turn to perform again in competition this Saturday, October 13th in the Tournament of Bands Competition taking place at Woodbridge High School, located at 1 Samuel Lupo Place in Woodbridge, NJ.  The event begins at 3pm with South Plainfield’s division beginning at 7:15pm.

Pre-sale tickets are currently available through the South Plainfield Music Department for $10 each for adults and $5 each for children.  Candy Grams and Air Grams are also available for purchase ahead of time through the Music Boosters.  All pre-sale ticket sales go directly to benefit the S.P.H.S. Music Department.  Visit the S.P.H.S. Music Booster Facebook page for more information.