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Marching Band & Guard Places Second At USBands Marine Corps Invitational



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The Newtown Marching Band & Guard performed its 2019 show “Life Sentence” at the September 28 USBands Marine Corps Invitational at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Md.

More than 30 ensembles came from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York to perform at the regional event. Seven adjudicators judged the groups based on overall effect (music and visual), individual music, ensemble music, visual, color guard, and percussion. Newtown received a score of 80.9 to earn second place in the Group IV Open class and earned first place for Visual and Color Guard.

Newtown’s annual home show, the annual Joseph P. Grasso Marching Band Festival, will be held this Saturday, October 5, at Newtown High School’s Blue & Gold Stadium, 12 Berkshire Road. The event is open to the public. Gates open at 5 pm, and the show begins at 5:55 pm. Seven groups including Newtown will perform, followed by an awards ceremony. There will be concessions, a bake sale, candy, air-grams, and merchandise available. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, and no charge for children under 5.

The group will then hold its annual Mega Family tag sale on Saturday, October 19, from 9 am to 2 pm (no early birds). Donations for the tag sale will be accepted the evening prior, Friday, October 18, from 6 pm to 9 pm, at the Newtown High School main cafeteria entrance. Contact info@nhsbandguard.com with questions or large donations pick-up requests. No mattresses or pillows accepted.

For more information about the Newtown Marching Band & Color Guard, see its website newtownbandandguard.weebly.com.

Drum major Virginia Hepp leads the Newtown Marching Band & Guard onto the field at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Md., on September 28. —Jon Miller photos
Snare drum player Cooper Agresta warms up for the USBands Marine Corps Invitational on Saturday, September 28.
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