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/
The Blue Knights, a Top 7 DCI Drum and Bugle Corps from Denver, Colorado, will be practicing in our
own NHS Blue & Gold Stadium tomorrow, Friday, August 4!!
The Blue Knights have 150 performers, all under the age of 21 and representing 30 different states and 4 countries; during the summer they travel for 85 days from coast to coast rehearsing and performing their show for thousands daily... and their 2017 Tour Director -- our own NHS alum and Head Visual Instructor Ricky Grasso -- is bringing them here.
Join us! This is your chance to see a professional marching band and experience the "Major Leagues" of the marching band world... for free! You don't want to miss it!
8:00 - Wake/Breakfast
9:00 - Rehearsal
12:00 - Lunch
1:00 - Rehearsal
4:30 - Dinner
5:30 - Rehearsal
8:40 - Run Through Show
9:00 - EPL
10:45 - Depart for Whitehall, PA
All are welcome, Newtown Band and Guard, parents, friends, Newtown residents, other towns. Feel free to come and bring your kids!
For more information or directions, see our Contact info on our webpage:
Congrats to NHS Band member Jordan Solomon Klein — the Class of 2017 salutatorian!
We are so proud of him and all of our graduates!
Winter Percussion, Guard and Jazz bands - looking for pictures and videos for the website. Please upload pictures to a public site (like google photos) and videos to youtube or vimeo. Send the links to nhsbgweb at gmail.com so I can post them. Thanks!
Last night NHS Band and Guard did an impressive show and scored an incredible 94.638 to earn the title of US Bands CT State Champs! Click here to see all the pictures and videos.
The US Bands professional photos from the Yamaha Cup last weekend are up on their website.
A reminder to turn in your photo permission form if you have not already! The deadline was last weekend.
Some great pictures were sent to us from Julie VanderKroef. She took them during the parade using a drone. Check them out: http://bit.ly/2cHHppt
All the picture and video links are listed on our media links page: http://newtownbandandguard.weebly.com/pictures-and-video-links.html
Check them out!
The Newtown High School Band Parents Corp maintains this blog. Contact us for more information.