AUGUSTA, NJ, - The Sparta High School Marching Band, under the direction of Dr Deborah Gianuzzi, will be competing on Saturday, September 20, at the Skylands Stadium in Augusta. 

Tournament of Bands 10 and the Jefferson Township High School Falcon Band and Band Parents are sponsoring the event.

The show is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. on September 20 featuring 13 Bands from the Tournament of Bands pool and special guests, Group 3 Westmoreland High School from Upper New York State and powerful Group 3 Open Class Roxbury High School from Morris County New Jersey.

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Sparta High School is scheduled to step off at 6:30 p.m. according to Gianuzzi.

Jefferson High School is currently renovating it’s athletic stadium to include a turf field and modified grandstand.  It is not ready, however for this event.  They have partnered with the new owners of Skylands Stadium for the event. 

Al Dorso Jr. and Mike Dorso, are brothers and Vice Presidents of Skylands Stadium.  They said,  Our intention is to go beyond baseball with a strong emphasis on family entertainment and we believe this Tournament will be a good fit.  We are honored to host this event and other similar community and family events.

“We are grateful for our event sponsors Spartan Wholesale Flooring, Krave Caterers, 103.7 WNNJ and Cailey Jewelers.”

Built in 1994, the new owners began grand renovations to the stadium this past year.  Extensive renovations are nearly completed.  Stadium makeover consists of upgrades to all concessions, rest room facilities and seating area, as well as the playing field.  A new 5000 sq. ft. pavilion has been erected down the first base line and a club house and locker rooms have been completely renovated.  Additionally an 18,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall will be completed this fall; an in-house catering facility will be completed by spring 2015.

Tickets are $5 for children and seniors; $8, for adults; Parking is FREE.  Tickets are available in advance at or you may purchase them the day of the event at the Stadium Box Office.  There is a rain date of September 21.

“It's going to be a great night of marching bands,” said Gianuzzi.