Monday, October 19, 2015

US Bands Championship at Towson University

Towson University Band members shine their buttons, both on their instruments and their uniforms, in preparation for their first exhibition performance. They were the closing performance for the preliminary round at the US Band Maryland Championship on October 17th.
The Towson University Marching Band gives an impressive visual and musical performance to all the high school bands in attendance. The college band demonstrated the skills and techniques needed to perform at the college level.
Towson's sousaphone section sways and plays to "Fireball" by Pitbull. Their encore performance set the stands on fire, with high school students and their parents dancing on their feet.

Fair Lawn High School marches onto the field to get into position for their show. The US Bands Maryland Championship welcomed 16 bands to perform and compete.

Fair Lawn High School's Color Guard add visual effects to the marching band's musical talents. Color guard is one of the many categories each band is judged on, along with music, overall effect, and percussion.
Chopticon High School stands ominously on the field in black hoods. Their marching band show was "Secret Societies." They explored and expressed the Illuminati through marching, music, and props.

The drum major at Nazareth High School signals her band is ready to take the field and perform. Nazareth High School was one of many bands who prepared in hopes to take home 1st place. 

The Nazareth High School Marching Band performs with diligence in hopes of taking home 1st place.

Newtown High School warms up in a circle in order to prepare their mind, body, and instruments, for the oncoming performance. The students practice for months for what may only be a 5 minute show.
Chopticon High School awaits the decision of which score and ranking they earned for their performance. Each band prepares during the Fall season in order to compete and perform at the US Bands Maryland Championship.
Newtown High School poses for a photo after taking a co-champion place with Mechanicsburg Area High School in the preliminary round.

Paige Kaiser, 13, and Nadia Grice 13, await the results of their band's performance. Both girls are in the color guard and attend Arundel High School.

The Westfield High School of New Jersey cheers triumphantly as they find out they have won the championship title for Group 6A. They took home the honors of best color guard and best visual. Mechanicsburg Area High School took home the championship title for the Open Class.