South Plainfield Marching Band Festival

Media Maker Don Grossmann gives us the run-down of the competition at South Plainfield HS on 10/20/12

Saturday’s 31st annual South Plainfield Marching Band Festival was a perfect evening of music, marching and flags. The enthusiastic crowd enjoyed performances by nine bands on a beautiful fall evening.

Following a stirring performance of the National Anthem by the South Plainfield High School Choir, the Perth Amboy High School Marching Panthers began the show with their interpretation of Cirque du Soleil’s “Journey of Man.” Perth Amboy received a score of 73.775 and all Group 1 A caption awards.

The Colonia High School Marching Patriots followed with their performance of “A Dreamer’s Voyage,” including Puccini’s classic, “Nessun Dorma (None Shall Sleep)”. Colonia’s score of 75.55 captured all Group 2 A Caption awards.

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Group 3 A featured three bands in competition-- the most in any group. Ridge High School’s artistic performance of “The Mask of Zorro” placed first with the second best score (83.325) of all 8 competing bands in the show. Ridge also received caption awards for Best Visual and Best Overall Effect. Ridge has placed first or second in their four competitions this season.

Rahway High School’s Marching Indians placed second in Group 3 A (82.15) with their unique performance of “Rainforest” featuring an original score composed by Bryan Harmsen. The music celebrates the sounds of birds and other wildlife found in the rainforest and earned Rahway the Best Music caption award. John F. Kennedy Memorial High School’s Marching Mustangs placed third (75.7) with their performance of “From Hogwarts, with Love.”

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Two bands competed in Group 4 A. The Bloomfield High School Bengal Marching Band’s interpretation of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” placed first with a score of 81.475. Bloomfield also received all three Group 4 A caption awards: Best Music, Best Visual and Best Overall Effect. Bloomfield has placed first in both of its 2012 competitions.

The Pride of Metuchen Marching Band placed second (79.975) in Group 4 A with their performance of “The Climb."

The 171-member Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raider Marching Band concluded the competitive portion of the festival in Group 6 A with a score of 88.65, the highest of all eight bands. Scotch Plains’ performance of “On the Brink of Change: Gold Rush to a Better America” has placed first in Scotch Plains' three competitions this season, including last week’s Yamaha Cup.

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The host, South Plainfield Tiger Marching Band, entertained all attendees with their exhibition performance of “Carmen,” based on music from Bizet’s popular opera. The awards ceremony concluded an enjoyable evening for everyone.


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