The BOS honored the Band and Guard at their recent meeting. Here is the article from the Newtown Bee:
BOS Honors NHS National Champion Band And Guard
Published: December 12, 2017
The beginning of a new administration for most local boards and commissions typically involves a number of administrative and “housekeeping” practices.
But newly seated First Selectman Dan Rosenthal put most of those formalities aside during his first Board of Selectman meeting, December 4, to spend a few minutes honoring the Newtown Nighthawks Band and Guard for their recent national championship victory.
About two dozen members of the ensemble and the Director of Bands Kurt Eckhardt, along with several proud parents and siblings, crowded into the Municipal Center Council Chambers to hear remarks from Mr Rosenthal, Selectman Maureen Crick Owen, and Selectman Jeff Capeci, all of whom marveled at a towering trophy that was brought along after being conferred to the Nighthawks for their first place performance at the USBands Open Class National Championships.
“Our band has long been the pride of Newtown — back to Joe Grasso,” Mr Rosenthal said. “The band is something the community has always been proud of, and winning a National Championship is an incredible thing.”
The first selectman then issued a proclamation, which in part recalled that the marching band has been the Connecticut State Champions four of the last seven years. It noted the group’s outstanding performance of its 2017 presentation “Dystopia,” which is based on George Orwell’s novel 1984, was honed in performance as they won nine competitive band events leading up to the National Championships at MetLife stadium.
The proclamation also singled out the ensemble’s winning turn at the New England States Class IV championship, where it competed against 15 other groups representing six different states; and noted that the student musicians and guard members collective participation in the Newtown Nighthawks Marching Band and Guard “will be an enduring experience that will positively effect members for a lifetime.”
All those involved then stood with Mr Eckhardt and the board officials for a photo op before heading out and leaving the selectmen to complete the remainder of the brief first meeting.
See the article here: https://newtownbee.com/bos-honors-nhs-national-champion-band-and-guard/
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