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YEA! connects USSBA band to NFL game performance

Bridgewater-Raritan to play at Giants-Eagles halftime

Bridgewater-Raritan High School will perform Sunday during halftime of the Giants-Eagles game.

New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles fans tuned into the primetime match-up on Sunday evening could catch a glimpse of a US Scholastic Band Association band performing during halftime, in part thanks to the Youth Education in the Arts Performing Ensemble’s Department. 

The Bridgewater-Raritan High School Marching Band, under the direction of Larry Markiewicz, will perform a standstill performance at Giants Stadium during the big game that airs Sunday, Dec. 13th at 8:20 p.m. on NBC television. YEA!’s Director of Performing Ensembles Justin Heimbecker connected NY Giants representatives to Markiewicz when the call came into the Allentown office seeking a group to perform at the final nationally televised Sunday night game. 

“Whenever we have opportunities for grand performances such as these to showcase music in the schools, and there is plenty of lead-time built in, we usually open it up to all bands on a first-come, first-served basis.  Given the timing of the Giants request, and less than eight days to ramp up, Larry and the staff and members of Bridgewater-Raritan were up to the challenge to make this happen on behalf of the USSBA and the Giants,” said Justin Heimbecker, Director of Performing Ensembles. 

The non-profit has assisted in coordinating the effort for Bridgewater-Raritan, and will also loan two box trucks to the band to haul equipment and instruments. 

Markiewicz and his school jumped at the opportunity. It will be their second time performing at an NFL event, having played in 2005 at a NY Jets/Raiders game. 

“To our knowledge, we are the only New Jersey band to ever be invited to perform for both the Jets and the Giants,” said Markiewicz. “This performance is a great way to cap off a championship year!” 

On Sunday, the 140-member band will perform an abridged performance of their 2009 field show “Lincoln Legacy,” including the music Simple Gifts, Johnny Comes Marching Home and Flag of Stars.

“The kids are very excited about the performance since they did not get to perform at the Yamaha Cup at Giants Stadium when it was rescheduled,” Markiewicz said. “We had some school related conflicts that prohibited us from performing during the mid-week rescheduling.”

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