USBands celebrated another successful season of indoor competitions this weekend as they hosted the 2019 Indoor Championship at Fair Lawn High School. "We were thrilled with how the event ran," said Jon Swengler, Director of USBands. "Championships are always such a fun event because the students are all able to really showcase what they've been working on all season. Fair Lawn High School has been a partner of USBands for a long time and we're thankful that they were able to help us put on such a successful event." Participating groups included:
The day kicked off with color guard performing in the morning and into the early afternoon. Hawthorne High School kicked the day off competing in exhibition, followed by the Scholastic Novice Guard, Scholastic Regional A Guards, Scholastic A Guards and Scholastic World Guard. Alter Ego World Guard performed at the end of the color guard groups in exhibition ahead of the color guard awards, to the delight of the crowd. Following a short intermission, the standstill units took the floor in competition with Community Charter School of Paterson starting things off for the percussion groups. The Scholastic Middle School Standstill ensembles were followed by Scholastic Regional A Standstill, Scholastic Standstill and ended with the Bergenfield High School Taiko Ensemble performing in exhibition. After the standstill awards and another quick intermission, it was time for the marching percussion ensembles to take the floor. Starting things off for the Scholastic Novice Marching, Mahwah High School Winter Percussion got things moving for the last segment of competition for the day. Up next were the Scholastic Regional A Marching groups, Scholastic A Marching and Scholastic Open Marching before the Fair Lawn High School Guard took the floor in exhibition. The day culminated in the marching percussion awards, a few very large trophies and lots of smiles.
The 2019 Indoor Championships marked a special occasion for a number of directors and ensembles including Hawthorne High School Guard who competed in their first USBands Indoor competition! Mahwah High School Indoor Percussion also competed in their first USBands Indoor competition, and this event marked the first USBands event for their director. Immaculata High School took the floor for this first time this season and left a great impression on the percussion adjudicators. In a display of a celebration of the marching arts, Fair Lawn high school dedicated their new WGI Championship Percussion banner in their gym. This is the first time that the program has been recognized in their gymnasium. Kind words were shared with the USBands team during the ceremony as the boosters mentioned Fair Lawn's start and growth within USBands.
For scores from the 2019 Indoor Championship, click here.