There will be no competition this weekend due to the weather. There will be practice on Saturday from 10 - 1:00. Any questions, please contact Mr. Eckhardt.
Parents, tonight we will have our 2019 Winter Percussion Meeting in the Chorus Room from 6-7pm. Even if your child is slightly interested in joining I would attend this meeting to receive all the information you need to know. Returning percussion parents, it would be great to have as many of you there as possible. If you cannot make tonight's meeting I will post our agenda we went over on this page following the meeting.
Once again, our big to do item is the Dayton and Eastern Power Regional trip. This meeting if purposely scheduled a little over a month prior to actual signups so you can make decisions and be prepared for the season prior to signing up. Our signups will be Monday, November 19th. As always, please message me if you have any questions, looking forward to seeing you tonight!
From USBands regarding this week's competition:
With rain on the way, we're keeping an eye on the weather and creating plans to make sure that students and spectators have the best experience possible. Any changes to the weekend schedule will be posted here and on our website.
Here is the weather report on weather.com.
We will be selling discounted tickets for NE States Championships this weekend (10/27) and Northeast Regionals next week (11/3) outside the band room at drop-off and pickup Monday 10/22, and Tuesday 10/23. Both events charge $20 at the door but admission can be yours for the low, low price of $15 per ticket for New England States and $12 per ticket for Northeast Regionals in Danbury on 11/3.
Cash or check made out to NHSBPC is due in person for your tickets.
This past weekend, Newtown Band and Guard traveled to New Jersey to perform in two competitions and won first place in both!
The first competition was the USBands Yamaha Cup: Northeast held at HighPoint.com stadium at Rutgers. They received a first place score of 88.93.
Next they went on to win first place at another USBands competition at Hillsborough High School with a score of 89.775. They also won awards for Best Visual, Best Overall Effect, Best Music, Best Percussion and Best Drum Majors.
The following is the press release from USBands regarding the location change for the Yamaha Cup: Northeast:
Yamaha Cup: Northeast Relocates to Rutgers University for 2018
Due to a conflict in scheduling with the National Football League and MetLife Stadium, the 2018 Yamaha Cup: Northeast will relocate to HighPoint Solutions Stadium on the campus of Rutgers University. On Saturday, October 13, Yamaha Cup: Northeast will feature more than 40 high school bands in competition at the region's most prestigious collegiate football stadium.
Jon Swengler, Director of USBands said in making the announcement, "When we learned of the scheduling conflict with MetLife Stadium over the summer, we immediately went to work on solutions that would first, guarantee all students an opportunity to perform at a world-class facility and second, allow for bands to continue their seasons uninterrupted while receiving feedback the highest quality adjudication panels. We worked through numerous options with MetLife and others to provide the best outcome possible for educators, students and parents. We can't thank the great teams enough at Rutgers University for welcoming us to their campus and the team at MetLife enough for working with us, where we are excited to return on November 10 for the USBands Open Class National Championships."
The schedule conflict from the NFL stems from back-to-back New York Jets and New York Giants home games at MetLife Stadium on Oct. 11 and Oct. 14. Turnover at the dual-team facility takes a great deal of time and manpower and as this is the first time such a scheduling challenge like this occurred, the decision to host the Yamaha Cup: Northeast elsewhere was made. The USBands team was able to secure HighPoint Solutions Stadium as the Rutgers football team was scheduled for an away game on Oct. 13. Since then, USBands has been in constant communication with registered bands in order to reschedule performers into a combination of performing at Rutgers University or local events in New Jersey and Connecticut. A number of bands have also joined into the November 10 National Championship at MetLife Stadium as a special USBands 30th Anniversary Celebration event.
"In the end, we have been able to relocate every band into a high-quality event on October 13, and all bands that would like to perform at MetLife Stadium has been accommodated for 2018," concluded Swengler.
Registration for the USBands 30th Anniversary Celebration at MetLife Stadium is currently open to 10 A Class Bands who will have the opportunity to compete or perform during the daylong USBands National Championships. If you are interested in registering your band to participate in this special season-ending event, contact USBands at Marching@usbands.org.
More information about HighPoint.com Stadium at Rutgers can be found here. Directions and parking information are listed.
The calendar has been updated with the new address for directions on your phone.
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