The following is a press release from the Manchester High School Marching
Saturday October 19 was a great day for the Manchester High School Marching Band. They played a “double-header” competition by participating in both the Southington and Rockville HS marching band festivals.
The results are in and MHS earned 1st place in division IA at Southington with additional awards for “Best Music”, “Best Visual Effect”, and “Best Percussion”. Later that evening at Rockville, MHS earned second place in division IA with an additional recognition for “Best Music”.
The entire day began with a 2-hour rehearsal in Manchester followed by the Southington competition. Next, the students returned to MHS to review and analyze the performance video and judging comments followed by another rehearsal. When asked about performing twice in one day trumpet player Tyson Murphy felt that “something good happened during our second rehearsal when the students took charge of the band.” Senior drum major Nathan Edwards saw that “the attitude changed and we were more motivated after reviewing the first performance”. Freshman Cynthia Caraballo commented on how the band “got a little more confident and we worked together to make things a lot better after the first performance”.The MHS Marching Band will compete in the US Bands New England States Championship on Saturday October 26 in Bridgeport, CT. Band directors are Keith Berry and Marco Cancellieri.