Congrats to Newtown's Winter Percussion on their First Place win this weekend at the Shelton competition! This was their first competition and they were one of eight ensembles in their division, scoring an impressive 83.150!
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 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.
Check out the latest article in the Newtown Bee! https://www.newtownbee.com/annual-100-family-tag-sale-and-new-show-nhs-marching-band/09192018
The NHS Winter Extravaganza is THIS SATURDAY! For all the info, click here.
And check out the yummy food our dedicated volunteers will be serving up:
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!
Schedule for September 9
Here's the rundown for Saturday's USBands event at Bethel High School:
8:00 am: Rehearsal @ NHS
12:00 am: Mini Band Camp Picnic Hour
1:00 pm: Rehearsal @ NHS
3:30 pm: Dinner Break *
5:00 pm: Depart for BHS
7:00 pm: PERFORMANCE
9:15 pm: Awards
9:45 pm: Buses depart for NHS
10:15 pm: Buses arrive @ NHS
* There will always be a lunch and/or dinner break listed on the schedule. You can either send something with your child or bring them lunch/dinner at that time. If we have a double-show day, members will usually have a lunch break at NHS and then have time to buy dinner at one of the shows.
The Newtown High School Band Parents Corp maintains this blog. Contact us for more information.