Spotlight: Hunterdon Central Band Festival

Showers held off at Hunterdon Central

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The 17th annual Hunterdon Central Band Festival in Flemington, New Jersey featured great performances by 14 bands in spite of the threat of bad weather. The large crowd enjoyed the summer-like weather during the first half of the show. Under a severe thunderstorm threat, the second half did not have to be delayed, but a few bands were forced to endure heavy showers.

In Group IA, South Hunterdon presented a “Batman” program and captured all awards (63.5).

Pequannock Township’s performance of “Kaleidoscope” placed first and captured all Caption Awards in Group 2A (69.65) with West Windsor Plainsboro’s performance of “The Firebird” taking second.

Group 3A had five bands competing. Ridge’s performance of “The Mask of Zorro” placed first with the second best score (71.35) of all 14 bands in the show. Ridge also received caption awards for Best Music, Best Visual and Best Effect. North Warren’s performance of “Pandora’s Box” placed second.  Voorhees took third place performing “Beatlemania.” North Plainfield placed fourth and received the Best Guard Award for their “Classical Variation.” Delaware Valley’s “La Fiesta Del Val” placed fifth and captured the “Best Percussion” award.

Four Bands competed in Group 4A. Mount Olive’s performance of “Concepts in Color” placed first (71.2) and received caption awards for Best Visual, Best Effect and Best Percussion. Union’s performance of “Rosie” placed second and received the Best Music and Best Guard awards. Watchung Hill’s “Aerodynamics and Franklin’s “El Cid” placed third and fourth, respectively.

Somerville was the only entrant in Group 5A section, but received the highest score (74.125) of all 14 bands in the show. Their performance of “Freedom” also captured all caption awards.

The 192-member Hunterdon Central band impressed all attendees with their exhibition performance of “Take a Stand.” The showers then stayed away until the award ceremony was completed, concluding an enjoyable evening for everyone.

 

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