SPFHS Marching Band receives best score yet at State Championships


Melanie Litwin

On Saturday, October 22nd, the SPFHS Marching Band participated in the USBands NJ State Championships at Rutgers University. Although the competition was intense, Scotch Plains-Fanwood put on a phenomenal performance that resulted in them receiving third place with a score of 92.913. This impressive score is significantly higher than previous performances and is the best the marching band has done so far in this year’s season.
Competing in the VI-Open division, the marching band was up against other talented schools, including South Brunswick High School and John P. Stevens High School. All three bands came within only a few points of each other; every school did an incredible job at executing their show.
“I think that states was a great performance for the entire band that showcased all of the hard work and effort that we have put into our show for the last few months,” senior and pit captain Taylor Sirchio said. “I am very proud of the determination and energy that everyone has put into this program and I cannot wait to see what our show will become in the final few weeks.”
As Sirchio mentioned, the performance was a reflection of the students’ efforts. The marching band’s day did not begin at the competition. The hard work put in at the morning practice was what truly allowed for a successful performance. Rehearsal was in the morning at 11:00 am in preparation for the performance at Rutgers, which was at approximately 11:00 pm.  
During practice and throughout the entire day, the weather was working against the students. Between the harsh wind, cold temperatures, and unpleasant rainfall, it was definitely not an easy experience. Evidently, the band did not allow any obstacles to stand in their way and the weather cleared up a little bit by the time the competition took place at night.
While this competition was a highlight of the season, the SPFHS Marching Band is not done yet. As the season nears its close, the marching band will appear in competition at MetLife Stadium for the USBands National Championships on Nov. 12.