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.
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.
Since midsummer, Newtown High School Marching Band and Color Guard members have been busy preparing for this year’s competitions and shows, including the upcoming annual home show, set for Saturday, October 5.
Looking at the season, with rehearsals and competitions already scheduled, NHS Band Director Kurt Eckhardt said this week that he is “looking forward to seeing this band continue to grow.”
Residents of all ages were welcomed on Saturday, September 14, inside Newtown High School’s cafetorium for the NHS Kindness Club’s Day of Kindness.
The event, organized by NHS Kindness Club advisor Lisa Sheridan, gathered Stars of Hope, Newtown Kindness, Ben’s Bells Newtown, Hearts of Hope Newtown, Actively Caring For People, and comfort dogs together to offer kindness-fostering activities.