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Gov. Livingston Highlander Marching Band to Host 42nd Annual "Pageant of Champions" on Oct. 13

AnnMarie Stecher

Friday, October 11, 2013 • 4:57pm

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Highlander Band of Governor Livingston High School will host this year’s 42nd annual “Pageant of Champions” band tournament on Sunday, October 13th beginning at 12:30 pm.

Ten high school marching bands from across New Jersey will perform in this Tournament of Bands (TOB) competition. This is a fun and exciting event for the whole family that will feature a festive atmosphere complete with hot food, snacks, baked goods and souvenirs. Bring your family and friends to support your local bands!

The band pageant tests students with intricate, interwoven maneuvers while they play concert-quality music. High School students undergo an intense training regime aided by advanced choreography software to prepare for the show. In addition each band wears colorful and elaborate uniforms.

As a member of the TOB organization, the Highlander Marching Band competed and placed first against the top 32 bands in the Chapter 10 division, winning the 2011 Group 1 Open class Tournament of Bands (TOB) Atlantic Coast Championship in Hershey, PA. Chapter 10 encompasses bands from 400 schools in 9 states. This is the Highlanders 12th title since 1980. Under the direction of Mr. Nicholas O’Sullivan, the Highlander Band will be performing their 2013 field show titled “Shades of Autumn”.

The Highlander Band, steeped in tradition, pays tribute to the first governor of New Jersey, William Livingston, whose family migrated from Scotland, by wearing kilts designed with the Royal Stewart tartan colors. In addition, the band is escorted by their own bagpipers upon entering the field for competition. It is a spectacular display of the Highlanders military discipline honoring Scottish traditions.

The performances for this year’s Pageant begin at 12:30 pm.  The $10 entrance ticket and a program highlighting each band are available at the event.  Berkeley Heights and Mountainside students wearing School Spirit clothing or Scouts in uniform get in FREE! Governor Livingston HS is located at 175 Watchung Blvd., Berkeley Heights. Additional parking is available at Alcatel Lucent off of Glenside Road where shuttle-bus service is available to take visitors to and from the High School. Handicapped parking is available at the High School. Visit www.highlanderband.org.

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