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.”