Verona’s award-winning Marching Maroon and White will host the New Jersey Regional Marching Band Competition on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 4:30 p.m. at Verona High School’s newly renovated Thomas J. Sellitto Athletic Field.
The festival will be co-hosted by the Verona Music Parents Association and the newly-formed Marching Band Division of the New Jersey School Music Association.
In addition to Verona’s own exhibition performance, this year’s band festival will be one of the largest to date, featuring 12 marching bands from the greater New Jersey area. The Verona Marching Maroon and White will perform this year’s program “Fives,” which won first place in its division at the season kick-off competition in Roxbury on Sept. 24. “Fives” is a compilation of the fifth symphonies of the symphonic music greats, Tchaikovsky, Mahler and Beethoven, and showcases the professionalism and exceptional musicianship of Verona High School’s marching band.
Marching bands competing at the festival will be judged in Visual Performance, Visual Effect, Music Performance, Musical Effect and Individual Music. After having great success with its annual State Concert Band Festival, the NJSMA branched out to include marching bands this year under the leadership of Erik Lynch.
Band Festival tickets are $10 and the doors will open at 4 p.m. The event begins at 4:30, with the Verona Marching Maroon and White performing at approximately 8:30 p.m. The Verona High School Thomas J. Sellitto Athletic Field is also known as the upper field. Handicapped parking is available in the lot next to the tennis courts off of Sampson Drive.