The Weehawken High School Marching Band won first place at the USBands “Group 1A” National Championships at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Pa. on Nov. 9. This is the first time in Weehawken’s history that the Marching Band placed first and won the “Group 1A” division title at the national competition, which featured bands from all over the USA.
After winning their second state championship title, the 40 students who make up Weehawken’s Marching Band were hungry for another win. This time they wanted a win on the national level. The students knew this would be a challenge and on Nov. 9 they went into competition against 19 of the best school bands in the nation.
To date, Weehawken’s scores from all competitions rank them first in the nation in the USBands “Group 1A” division.
The Band is instructed by Band Director Michael Lichtenfeld, Assistant Band Director Tim Galan, Color Guard Coach Michele McCormick, Drill/Visual Designer George LaVelle Jr., Percussion Instructor Thomas Mulvaney, Marching Instructor Michael Fatouros, Color Guard Instructor Karen Garcia, and Melodic Percussion Instructor Kaitlyn Turner. The staff worked hard to challenge the students with an exciting show entitled “Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba.”