Last night Newtown Winter Percussion competed in Dayton, OH against 50 other groups from all across the country and placed 3rd in their round with a score of 92.325 at WGI World Championships. This is the 4th highest score across all of Scholastic Open! They advanced to semi finals and will perform today at 4:10 p.m. Best of luck Newtown, we are so proud of you!
For more information, visit the WGI site: https://www.wgi.org/percussion/world-championships-per/
Newtown Band and Guard ended the season with an amazing score of 97.238 and winning Best Music and Best Percussion, coming in 3rd at Nationals last night at MetLife Stadium.
See more pictures and videos here.
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.
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/
Congratulations the the Newtown Nighthawks Band and Guard for winning the National Championship! Their 97.363 score is now the highest score on record for Newtown. They joined 16 other Class IV Open Marching Bands in freezing temperatures on Saturday night, November 11, 2017 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ and came out in first place. They also won the caption awards for Overall Effect and Best Percussion. What an amazing end to a very successful season! Go Nighthawks!
Did you hear about clapping class today? Please come for the parent clapping class that Ricky has requested at 12:00 during the last run through so that we can cheer for best effect for the judges - the top 10 bands have scored within 1 point of each other so every little thing helps - including cheering! No, this is not a joke, we really want as many parents to come and find out when is best to cheer during the performance!
So come at noon and watch our kids on their home field for the last time this season!
GOOD LUCK TONIGHT AT NATIONALS, NEWTOWN!
STAY WARM IN MET LIFE STADIUM!!!
Attending the banquet? Help us keep Banquet costs down by contributing a dessert (cut-up fruit, store-bought items, or homemade treats ) -- please sign up via Perfect Potluck here!
PARENTS & STUDENTS PLEASE READ FOR UPCOMING ADDITIONS/CHANGES:
FULL ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL THURSDAY NOVEMBER 2ND 6-9) - This is normally a sectional day, however we lost a day this week due to power issues - and we need all the preparation we can get for Metlife!
LOOKING FORWARD: TUESDAY NOVEMBER 7TH will replace Monday November 6th rehearsal (school dance conflict)
With all of these important little additions/schedule changes please make sure you are accommodating your schedules to come to rehearsal. Folks - we have such an incredible opportunity and we need our attendance to be 100%! If we want to succeed we must keep fighting, and come prepared!
Congratulations to the Nighthawks Marching Band and Guard for their
first place win last night with a score of 94.713!
They are your CT State Champs and for the first time ever the New England Regional Champions!
They won best overall effect, best percussion, and best visuals along with the coveted
Cadet Award of Excellence!
Watch the video of their performance on our Media page!
The Newtown High School Band Parents Corp maintains this blog. Contact us for more information.