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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

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LENNY October 02, 2012 at 01:56 PM
was at this weeks football game and have to say it seems the band is in it:s own world. years past all the kids sat in the stands color guard would cheer our team on they would get the fans in the game. now small group is in the stands kids on the other end of field not even watching the game. the band is a very much a spark for scool spirt at the game. maybe we can get back to that. one only had to look across the field at a band that was their for their class mates trying their best on the field.
agree October 02, 2012 at 03:05 PM
have to agree with lenny, i graduated 04 and when i was a freshmen the fans were very involved and i credit a lot of that to the old bands. they would follow the game and played music to what was going on in the game. during my junior and senior year i saw the band and football team sort of divide. now its like two seperate things going on, a game and the band. even the stands feel divided some coming to see the game and some coming to see the band. i feel bad for the current students because when i was a freshmen the stands would be packed, the band and fans were into the game, and there was a great sense of school spirit.
Keith Brown October 02, 2012 at 04:08 PM
FLHS Band is not a traditional band as we know it. They are great at what they do, but are a complete waste of space at a Football game. Kafer just uses the half time as an extra opportunity to practice for the next band competition.They dont watch the game, they dont work with the cheer leaders on cheers and play the same old lame stuff week after week. School spirit is dead!!!
Tory October 04, 2012 at 11:38 PM
what are the prices to see the competition?
Zak Koeske October 07, 2012 at 01:03 AM
@Tory - Admission is $10 for adults, and $8 for students and senior citizens for the upcoming home competition.

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