The Arthur L. Johnson Crusader Marching Band took the field for the first Tournament of Bands (TOB) competition on September 23rd at Matawan HS, performing this year’s field show titled, “Noble Hearts.” The field show is a tribute to the veterans who have served and serve in the US Armed Services. The ALJ Crusader Band won first place in Group 2 Open, which is a very competitive group in TOB. Additionally, the Marching Band won Best Music and Best Visual.
On September 30th, the ALJ Crusader Marching Band again entered the field of competition at Ramsey HS and won first place in Group 2 Open, as well as the Best Music and Best Visual awards.
On Saturday, they will compete in the NJ State championship held in Toms River. On Sunday, they will compete in Chapter 10 Championship held in West Essex.
Senior William Shaughnessy commented, “I’ve always found competing energizing. Not only are you fighting for bragging rights, but you are also fighting for your 50 friends and for school pride. When you walk off the field after a competition, there’s a sense of relief, but moreover, there’s a sense of accomplishment. As a senior, those feelings don’t go away, it just gets more sentimental. I’m thankful to Mrs. Bollaro and staff for investing so much time in us and pushing us day in and day out to be our best. The life lessons that marching band and competition have taught me are invaluable.”
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CLARK, NJ- The Arthur L. Johnson High School celebrated its graduating senior football players, cheerleaders and marching band members in a special recognition held before Friday night's football game against North Plainfield.
The student athletes were joined on the field by their family members, in a special remembrance of their years as Crusaders.
The Class of 2017 seniors honored were:
By Lauren Petite--Courtesy of TapintoClark
CLARK, NJ - The Arthur L. Johnson High School Crusader marching band had another victorious competition this past weekend, coming in second place in the Chapter Ten championships. The band also walked away with wins for best auxiliary and percussion.
With this feat, the Marching Crusaders became officially eligible to perform at the Atlantic Coast Championship along with 20 other bands this Sunday, Oct. 30, at Hershey Stadium in Hershey Park, Pennsylvania.
The band is currently ranked ninth overall and will perform sixth at the competition. They are extremely happy with this and are excited to compete at their biggest competition of the season.
By Lauren Petite: Courtesy of Tapintoclark.com
CLARK, NJ - The Arthur L. Johnson Crusader Marching Band continued their competitive year this past weekend with two spectacular wins. The Marching Crusaders won first place as well as the high music and visual awards in the Southern Regional and Governor Livingston high schools’ competitions.
The marching band continues to work hard to keep this winning streak going. Just this week they worked over twenty-two hours to perfect their show. All that hard work continues to pay off for the Marching Crusaders.
Come support the ALJ Marching Band at their NJ state championships on Saturday at Toms River North High School or on Sunday at West Essex High School for the Chapter 10 championships.