The Marching Blue Devils made Westfield proud at the Bands of America (BOA) Mid Atlantic Regional Competition held at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland on Oct. 5.
Westfield won third place in their class (AAA) and 7th place overall performing against twenty-five other high school marching bands from across Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina. The band is judged on visual performance, music performance and general effect. This is the second year in a row that Westfield has been named a finalist in this competition, which is among the largest and most competitive in the North East.
Under the leadership of Band Directors Chris Vitale and Trevor Sindorf the 129 member Blue Devils Marching Band's 2019 Production, The Light, with music by American 20th century composer, Samuel Barber. At the opening, the mood of the performance is set with the somber reading of a few lines from Dylan Thomas' poem "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night." Then through music and choreography the band interprets the dramatic reflection of the overall theme which is to "live boldly."
Mr. Vitale shared, "Our show this year centers around a famous literary work by Dylan Thomas as well as music by one of America's most well-known composers in Samuel Barber.
"The line 'rage against the dying of the light' is one that recurs throughout our production and is used to convey having a strong desire to live life to the fullest until our last breath. The production takes the audience on a ride of emotions from loud and exciting; to somber and beautiful; to anger and rage — all emotions that we experience over the course of a lifetime. We're excited to have a show this year that exposes our students to meaningful literary and musical works of art and are excited to continue to share our interpretation of those works with our audiences throughout the fall. We have an amazing group of students who will spend hundreds of hours working on this production, and they deserve every bit of credit for bringing it to life!"
The band is led by drum majors Christian Sawina, Theresa Lizzo and Robbie Strauss. Earlier in the season the band placed first in class AAAA and was named Grand Champion at the Scotch Plains competition. The band has three competitions left in the season: Monroe Township, East Brunswick and a US Bands Regional event held in Old Bridge. You can see the Marching Band play next at the Westfield High School football game on Friday, Oct. 18 at Bridgewater Raritan High School.