Pompton Plains, NJ – The Pequannock Township High School Marching Band completed another successful Marching Band season, performing their show titled “Last Train Home” despite the obstacles to rehearsing and performing safely amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic.
The Band was awarded First Place at the USBands New Jersey State Championship. The Band, competing in Virtual Division 2 (Marching Bands between 51 and 74 members) was awarded this distinction on October 31 having recorded its Competition performance on Saturday, Oct 24 at PTHS Stadium.
Competing against 9 other High School Marching Bands from New Jersey, the Golden Panthers Marching Band was also awarded the Caption Awards for “Best Music,” “Best Visual, “Best Color Guard” and “Best Overall Effect” for receiving the highest score in each of those categories. Division 2 is one of USBands four size categories. This year, Marching Bands are recording their performances at their home stadium to submit to USBands for adjudication. While Division 2 High Schools in the competition have an average enrollment of over 1,100 students, Pequannock was the second smallest high school represented at the competition with enrollment just under 700 students. This is the fifth USBands State Championship Pequannock has earned over a 13 year period. The previous titles were earned in 2008, 2011, 2012, & 2017.
The following week, the Band competed in the USBands National Championship and earned Second Place competing against 12 other bands from across the country. Finally, as announced November 14, the Band earned Second Place at the USBands Grand Finale event in Division 2. In addition, the band had the third best score amongst all 35 Bands in the Grand Finale Event. At both events, the Band was awarded the “Best Visual” Caption Award in it’s division.
“This season could have gone in so many different directions but with our team (parents, staff, students, and administration) and a little bit of luck, we were able to give the students a memorable experience and a phenomenal show.” said Anthony Streifer, Band Director at PTHS.
Earlier in the USBands Competition Season, the Band earned Second Place in the Remo Invitational, First Place at the Zildjian-Vic Firth Challenge, and Third Place in both the DeMoulin Invitational and Yamaha Cup Competitions.
The Band members were required to follow many safety guidelines & protocols throughout the season including (but not limited to) wearing masks at all times while not playing, remaining outdoors (regardless of the weather) & frequent hand sanitizing.