SHS marching band scores 4th place at national championship

Members of the Southington High School band accept the Dinkles Spirit of Band Award after a fourth place finish at the national championship.

Members of the Southington High School band accept the Dinkles Spirit of Band Award after a fourth place finish at the national championship.

On Saturday, Nov. 7, the Southington High School marching band capped another championship season with a fourth place finish at the USBands National Championship. The Blue Knights competed at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey in a division of 14 championship bands, and Southington rallied to its best finish at the championship event.

News - SHS band OpenClassNationalChampionships_logo_2015Southington earned their spot at the national competition after rallying to their second straight Class V Open Connecticut state championship on Halloween. This season marks the seventh time that the local band has claimed the state title.

The theme of the 2015 show was “The Coven,” based on Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” The composition is told from the witch’s standpoint. The piece has four movements: I. The Prophecy; II. Thane of Cawdor; III. Lady MacBeth; and IV. The Forest Attacks.

The band was accompanied to the Meadowlands by four buses full of parents and fans. The band members and their families participated in a tailgate dinner for over 400 people organized by the Band Backers.

SHS drummers practice outside the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

SHS drummers practice outside the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

“Working with such committed people who truly value what the Marching Band and the Southington music program offers our children is a great pleasure,” said Southington Band Backer President Erik Semmel in a band press release.

Southington’s title run wasn’t over after receiving the fourth place national trophy. The Knights were also presented with the Dinkles Spirit of Band Award for the Group V and Group VI division.

The award, sponsored by DINKLES Marching Band Shoes, is presented each year to “the educators, students, parents and boosters of marching bands that exemplify school pride, friendship, creativity and good sportsmanship on and off the field.”

For more photos and video from Southington’s award-winning performances, along with information about the band’s upcoming fundraisers and Super Sub Sale, visit the band’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/shsbands.

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