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NHS Marching Band & Guard Takes First Place In First Show Of The Season

Published: September 14, 2018 at 08:00 am

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Members of the Newtown High School Marching Band and Guard compete on September 9 at Bethel High School. —Lynn Remson photo

The Newtown High School Marching Band and Guard competed in its first show of the 2018 season on Saturday, September 9, at Bethel High School. The 90-member ensemble came in first place with a score of 80.525 in the Class IV Open division.

The 2018 show, titled “The Climb,” focuses on the battle of believing in oneself. The overall message is that wherever someone is in life, if they keep climbing and keep believing, they will be successful. The group is led by Band Director Kurt Eckhardt, Assistant Band Director Chris Carley, Visual Caption Ricky Grasso, and more than a dozen other staff members.

This weekend, the marching band and guard will perform at the Blue & Gold Stadium on Friday, September 14, during the halftime show of the NHS versus Cheshire football game. The marching band and guard will then compete on Saturday, September 15, at the USBands competition at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk. On Sunday, September 16, the group will perform at the Newtown Arts Festival at Fairfield Hills.

The Newtown Band and Guard is accepting donations for its upcoming 100 Family Tag Sale. To donate items for the annual fundraiser, attend the Junk in the Trunk Night on Friday, September 21 from 6 pm to 8:45 pm, to unload donations at NHS, 12 Berkshire Road. Donations will be accepted outside of the school’s main cafeteria. No mattresses or pillows will be accepted. The Annual 100 Family Tag Sale will take place the following day on Saturday, September 22, from 9 am to 2 pm, at the NHS cafeteria and patio, rain or shine.

The Marching Band and Guard also recently announced its annual Joseph P. Grasso Marching Band Festival home show is set for the evening of Saturday, September 29, with doors opening at 5 pm.

For more information about NHS Marching Band & Guard and its events go to newtownbandandguard.weebly.com.

 

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Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is presenting or coordinating on six weeks of special events. Which event are you looking forward to the most? (Visit our Features page for a full story with details about all of these events.)

“In The Bag” exhibition, on view to September 28
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The Lords of 52nd Street concert, September 14
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Newtown Arts Festival weekend, September 15-16
25% (1 vote)
“An Evening of the Arts,” September 15
50% (2 votes)
“The Fox on the Fairway” production by Town Players of Newtown, weekends September 21-October 13
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“The Main Street Replica Project,” launching September 25
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Someday Cinema Series screenings of “The Blues Brothers,” September 30
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Photography display “In Our Rearview Mirror” by Marleen Cafarelli, et al, October 1-30
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“Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb” with Tinky Weisblat, October 3
25% (1 vote)
Newtown Day, October 6
0% (0 votes)
The 3rd Annual Newtown-Sandy Hook Restaurant Week, October 8-14
0% (0 votes)
Basket weaving workshop with Tina Puckett, October 13
0% (0 votes)
“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
0% (0 votes)
Live at ETH: David Wax Museum concert, October 19
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The 2nd Annual Fall Carnival at Fairfield Hills, October 19-21
0% (0 votes)
Connecticut Author’s Reading Series, October 21
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Natalie’s Open Mic, October 21
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“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
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Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
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Someday Cinema Series double feature screenings of “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Beast with Five Fingers,” October 29
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Total votes: 4