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Newtown Marching Band & Guard Named State Champion



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The Newtown Marching Band & Color Guard hit a high note in its season on Saturday, October 26, when the group earned the title of USBands Connecticut Class IV Open State Champions after competing in the USBands New England State Championships at Naugatuck High School.

With its 2019 show “Life Sentence” Newtown earned a score of 93.45, making the group the USBands Connecticut Class IV Open State Champions and second in New England. The ensemble also received captions for Best Color Guard, Best Percussion, and Best Music.

Visual Director Ricky Grasso praised the group after the show, sharing, “Wow! Folks, your run tonight really brought this vision to life — and the best part is, we still have room to grow,” in a message. He also wrote, “With the National Title in arms reach, I say we go for it!”

Before going to Nationals, the Band & Guard has one more local competition. It will be performing at Danbury High School on Saturday, November 2. Then the group will travel to Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Saturday, November 9, for the USBands Open Class National Championships.

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

The Newtown Band & Guard performs at the US Bands New England State Championships. —Jon Miller photo
Kyle Boughan plays saxophone at the USBands competition at Naugatuck High School. —Jon Miller photo
Color guard member Kimora Campbell performs with the marching band and guard at the USBands competition in Naugatuck. —Jon Miller photo
Meredith Taylor carries the award trophy to the bus after the Newtown Marching Band & Color Guard receives the highest score in the Connecticut in USBands Group IV Open competition. —Laura Taylor photo
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