POINT PLEASANT — Point Pleasant Borough High School’s competition band and color guard have recently concluded their season, winning competitions and achieving some of the highest scores in the school’s history.
With the final competition last Saturday, followed by a cacophony of sirens from the parade of firetrucks around town on Monday afternoon celebrating their victory, the comp band and color guard each won an impressive amount of accolades to boot.
Each year, the show has a new theme, with new music and choreography to learn as well. This year, the show was circus themed, specifically from the film “The Greatest Showman,” which follows Phineas Taylor Barnum, better known as P.T. Barnum, whom the show is named after.
Scott Visco, band director, told The Ocean Star, “To say that I’m overjoyed that our students were recognized for the hard work that they put in all season would be an understatement. This show meant a lot to my staff and I, and I’m completely satisfied that our band, school and community enjoyed it as well. I think that I am most pleased that everyone recognized that it takes a village to make something great and that everyone truly did their part.”
“This season has been such a joy. I am so glad that the band and color guard got the recognition they deserve for all of their hard work and dedication at Atlantic Coast Championships this weekend. Barnum was filled with love and I am so proud of how happy it has made our kids and their audiences,” said Emily Strassheim, director of the color guard.
Colleen Gaudette, president of the Band Boosters, said, “This year has been so amazing. This is my eighth year being a band parent…Even when I saw them perform for the first time at the parent preview, just to see the kids can memorize the music, the drills and marching around on the field without crashing into one another is just astounding. They put in so much work and so much effort.”
The band boosters are a group of parents who support the students by helping them transport equipment, keeping them fed and hydrated and doing plenty of behind the scenes aspects, according to Ms. Gaudette.
Another band booster parent, Susan Mammano, said to The Ocean Star, “They are a group of dedicated hardworking students working together for a common goal to deliver an amazing show. And they deliver week after week.”
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