NORTH CALDWELL, NJ -  The West Essex Marching Knights finished in first place in their group at the Tournament of Bands Chapter X Championship.

The event was held at West Essex High School on Sunday, October 19. As a result of their impressive finish, the Knights were seeded third going into the Oct. 26 Atlantic Coast Championships at Hershey Park Stadium.

West Essex Band Director John Scozzaro said he is very proud of the Knights and the wonderful performance of their 2014-15 routine "Olympus." The Knights finished 1st place in their group with a score of 94.75 and won specialty awards for Best Music, Best Visual, Best Color Guard, and Best Percussion. The score of 94.75 set a new school record for highest score at that point in the season.

The Chapter X Championship was an all-day event is the regional championship for northern New Jersey, which determines which bands compete in the Atlantic Coast Championships. The Chapter X Championship featured performances by more than 30 marching bands. Bands that participated include: West Essex, Rutherford HS, Manville HS, Florence Twp Memorial HS, Raritan HS, Union City HS, Lodi HS, Carteret HS, Union HS, Hawthorne HS, John F. Kennedy HS, Toms River North HS, North Bergen HS, Metuchen HS, Sayreville War Memorial HS, Hanover Park HS, Sparta HS, Memorial HS, Toms River HS South, Tottenville HS, Roselle Park HS, Madison HS, Matawan Reg. HS, Governor Livingston HS, Arthur L. Johnson HS, Brick Memorial HS and Ramsey HS.

The Marching Knights have performed well in recent competitions. On September 27, the West Essex Marching Knights travelled to Roxbury High School for the Roxbury Classic Marching Band Competition.  The Marching Knights won first place in their group and swept all the specialty awards of Best Music, Best Visual, Best Color Guard, and Best Percussion for their group.  In addition, Seniors Victoria Dominguez and Kenneth Gonzalez won the award for Best Drum Major for the entire show, which was comprised of 14 bands.

On October 4, the Marching Band competed at Ramsey High School and came in first place and won awards for Best Music and Best Visual.  

The Marching Knights had two outstanding performances October 11 and 12 at West Deptford and Governor Livingston. Heading into this past weekend’s competition, the Marching Knights were No. 1 in the ACC out of 30 bands with a score of 92.95.