Jersey Shore students named to All-Star Marching Band

Tournament of Bands presented the fifth annual TOB All-Star Marching Band and their performance in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade – the oldest parade in America.

Students from Jersey Shore Area High School band arrived in the Philadelphia area on Nov. 27 for an intense 24-hour marathon of rehearsals and performances.

Nearly 200 students representing the nine states of tournament met for sectional rehearsals, followed by full ensemble and parade rehearsal.

Several hours of rehearsal were had following dinner, which was served to all members.

Jersey Shore Area High School band members included: Jordan Russell, piccolo; and Adam Campbell, snare drum.

The teaching staff of the TOB All-Star Band included music and visual educators from the eastern United States, all members of the National Judges Association and Tournament of Bands.

The band of more than 100 musicians performed an original composition, “Philadelphia Fanfare,” composed for this event by John Bugosh. The color guard performed original work to coordinate with this new music.

Tournament of Bands offers educational music and visual experiences for young performers throughout the eastern United States.

More than 300 schools from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia are members of the organization, which is staffed completely by volunteers.

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