FLHS Marching Band Host First Outdoor Competition Sunday
Fair Lawn will host its first outdoor marching band competition on Oct. 21, when five New Jersey high school bands and a college band travel to Sasso Field for a 1 p.m. show.
Residents thus far unable to catch a performance by the Fair Lawn High School Marching Band as it traverses the state for weekly competitions will get a chance to take in the award-winning ensemble in Fair Lawn on Sunday.
For the first time on Oct. 21, Fair Lawn High School will host an outdoor USBands Marching Band competition at Sasso Field. The event will feature performances by the Cutters and five other New Jersey high school bands, as well as an exhibition show by the College of Holy Cross Marching Band from Worcester, Mass.
In addition to showcasing the Cutters' 80-member marching band, the event will also serve as a major fundraiser for the purchase of new band uniforms. Barbara Addon, president of the Fair Lawn Friends of Music, said she was very pleased by the school's selection.
“The criteria for hosting a USBands competition is rigorous – everything has to be well coordinated," Addon said in a statement. “The local community has been extremely generous in supporting the marching band, and we hope many people will attend our show to see how their support has benefited our kids."
Admission to the 1 p.m. competition is $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and students. Guests are asked to arrive 10 minutes early for the Star Spangled Banner.
Next weekend the band travels to Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium for the Bands of America Regional Championship.
The band’s remaining competitive schedule includes the following performances:
- Oct. 21: Fair Lawn High School
- Oct. 27: Bands of America Regional Championship at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium
- Oct. 28: Union High School
- Nov. 3: The USBands NJ State Championship in New Brunswick
- Nov. 11: The USBands Open National Championship at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford