by Marybeth Learn
ATLANTIC CITY-Ready to begin the 2018 marching season, Jackson Memorial High School Jaguar Marching Band participated in the annual Miss America, “Show Us Your Shoes” Parade on the historic Atlantic City boardwalk. This beloved Atlantic City tradition provides a spirit of celebration for the Miss America contestants to show off their state with fabulous outfits and of course, one of a kind, amazing shoes! Right behind the lead banner, the band excited the crowd with their signature sound. The rain and wind did not dampen the spirits of this dedicated band. Their performance of “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon and “On Broadway” by George Benson got the parade watchers on their feet.
After an extraordinary 2017 season, winning both US Bands Group VI-A New Jersey State and National Championships titles, the band has been working hard to prepare for this upcoming competition season. Since last January, the percussion section has been rehearsing for this year’s show. Likewise, the ensemble and color guard started their rehearsals in the spring. The intense heat of this summer did not deter these dedicated, hardworking students from attending a two-week long band camp. Band camp ended with a Parent Preview Performance of the much anticipated debut of the show entitled, “The Circle”. The show is featuring selections from the Broadway musical, “The Lion King”. The stunning, unforgettable music and brilliant artistry of this year’s band show excited the crowd. The passion and love for music and performing arts that these students have was felt by all.
The band’s season runs from September to November 3rd, which is the US Bands National Championship Competition in Allentown, PA. Their season begins on September 15th at Brick Township High School. New this year, the marching band will be competing in Annapolis, Maryland at the Marine Corps Invitational on September 29th. It will be held at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on the campus of the United States Naval Academy. It is truly an honor to be accepted to compete at this event. The stadium serves as a memorial and is dedicated to the service men and women of the Navy and the Marine Corps.
A sure way to see the band this season is to save the date; Saturday, October 6, 2018. The marching band will host its own home competition, “A Showcase of Champions”. It is a great night of music and visual artistry by sixteen of the best marching programs across state of New Jersey. The event takes place on Saturday, October 6th, at Jack Munley Field, on the campus of Jackson Memorial High School. The Jackson Memorial Jaguar Marching Band is under the direction of Jason Diaz and Eric Ficarra.