EHS Marching Band Wins State Championship

ELIZABETH- November 4, 2005 – The Elizabeth High School Marching Band won the USSBA NJ State Championship on October 30, 2005 at Cherokee High School in Marlton, NJ.

Nine schools, including Elizabeth, Mount Olive, Parsippany Hills, Hightstown, Wayne Hills, Northern Highlands, Verona, Burlington City, and Carteret, participated in the competition.

Elizabeth received first prize with a score of 88.50, finishing ahead of second place marching band Verona High School, which received a score of 87.05. Awards were presented in various categories, including “Best Color Guard,” “Best Visual,” and “Best Effect,” which were won by the Elizabeth Marching Band. The victory on Sunday was the ninth championships overall for Elizabeth since the marching band was established in 1977.

The theme of the performance which brought victory and the awards the band achieved is titled, "Something Wicked This Way Comes.".

The background sets for the 2005 season include a three-part Haunted House and a set of old-fashioned entry gates and columns, such as those found at the beginning of a driveway leading to a mansion. The columns, made to look like vintage brick, have two gargoyles guarding the tops, and "ELIZABETH MANOR" is painted on the fronts, giving a name to the haunted house sitting backfield. In addition, the entire Color Guard section wears three different costumes relating to the theme, changing at various times throughout the nine-minute show, and the Pit Percussion section and Drum Majors are also costumed relating to the theme.

Including the Prop Crew members, who handle the logistics of the background sets, there are ninety-five members that make up the 2005-2006 Elizabeth High School Marching Band. The band marches to the beat of the quote "Eyes With Pride," a quote that is most often used by all of the students and staff alike, which sums up the "total" experience that each student has upon entering the program.

The passion and desire to be the best was the driving force to their finishing up with a Championship trophy. “To most of these students, the Marching Band IS Elizabeth High School.,” said Ann Marie Remus, Principal of Elizabeth High School.  “They live and breathe marching band, and their achievement at winning first prize amongst nine marching bands competing for the title is the end result of many, many months of hard work, dedication and determination to their school and this program. It is all about the students.” 

Pablo Muñoz, Acting Superintendent of Schools, spoke on behalf of the district to express the feeling of pride for the young men and women who brought home the championship. “They certainly have made the Elizabeth Public Schools proud of their accomplishments by achieving excellence, which is one of our district’s priorities,” said Muñoz. “They have continued a tradition of winning while creating their own legacy and experiencing a triumph that they will always carry with them.”