Week 2 Review: Rain on the Plains

Rain fell mainly on Scotch Plains... and Burlington City

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In spite of thunderstorms and evening showers, Week Two of USBands competition brought another round of great performances to the field on Saturday. For some, this was the second show of the 2012 season, while many others were judged for the very first time this year.

Eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey caught the worst of the weather, and unfortunately several bands didn’t get to perform this past weekend, while a few others had to move indoors to perform their music and guard work at a stand-still.

ParsippanyHill2.jpgExcept for a drop here and there, the rain held off through the competition at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School– almost. With just three of the 15 bands left to go, the Parsippany Hills High School Marching Band took the field. As they marched on, a few drops quickly turned into a light rain, and by the time the band played their first note, the audience was opening umbrellas and pulling ponchos over their heads. Within a minute, it was pouring, but Parsippany Hills didn’t stop. As some of the crowd ran for cover under the concession booth and home stands, the band played all the way to their very last note.

By the end of Parsippany Hills’ performance, the rain had nearly stopped, and South Plainfield marched onto the field. Unfortunately, just after South Plainfield finished, nearby thunderstorms brought the field show to an early end with two bands remaining. The announcer advised the crowd to leave the aluminum stands and head to the gym, where Wayne Hills and Scotch Plains-Fanwood closed out the performance portion of the evening indoors. Thanks to all the audience members who stayed for the final two bands—the bleachers in the gym were packed, and it was a lot of fun despite the rain!

Drum majors, section leaders and color guard captains of all the other bands gathered in the hallway to practice their salutes and wait for the Awards Ceremony, which was also held in the gym. Be sure to check out our interviews with a few of them here, including the Parsippany Hills members’ account of their very rainy performance!

Thanks to all participating bands at Scotch Plains-Fanwood and all 11 shows this weekend! We look forward to clearer skies in the coming weeks!

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