Competing against 19 marching bands from around the Northeast, the Newtown High School Marching Band and Guard, under the direction of Kurt Eckhardt, was awarded Best Percussion, Best Music, and Best Guard at the USBands Regional Freedom Cup, held outside Philadelphia October 11 to 13.
Judges scored Newtown 81.2, the school’s best showing thus far in US Bands competition.
Percussion instructor Dave Brush, who joined the staff this year, was elated.
The Newtown High School Book Club had its first meeting on Monday, September 30, to talk about its current book, Divergent by Veronica Roth. Huddled around a table in the school’s library/media center, students assigned club officers and discussed the book and more.
It was “standing room only” on Saturday, October 5, as Newtown High School hosted the 17th Annual Joseph P. Grasso Marching Band Festival, which featured nine competing bands and the 123-member Newtown Marching Band and Guard in exhibition.
Thirty graduating Newtown High School seniors and their parents were saluted after the musicians and color guard performed in their final “Home Show” to a packed and appreciative crowd.
Students set to travel to China, France, and Spain this year through Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) programs had a chance to meet in Newtown High School’s Lecture Hall on Tuesday, September 24.
According to NICE Program Coordinator Tim Dejulio, the day was held to offer a chance for the students to meet each other and bond together. To facilitate that, ice breaker questions were handed out for students to answer in groups.
The Board of Education unanimously approved, during its Tuesday, October 1, meeting, to seek a zoning variance from the Planning and Zoning Commission for an electric sign to be placed at Newtown High School’s entrance.
Remo — a California-based company that produces drumsets, world percussion instruments, and drumheads, according to its website — recently donated $2,500 worth of drum/percussion heads and supplies to Newtown High School for use by the school’s bands.
The donation was facilitated by the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission, and was received at the school by Monday, September 16. NHS Band Director Kurt Eckhardt said the donation was the first of its kind.