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Norwalk’s Marching Bears win national championship

The Norwalk High School Marching Band celebrates their US Bands National Championship victory at Met Life Stadium. (Photo: Ed Abrams)

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:

 

Norwalk High School Marching Band Crowned National Champions!

November 11, 2017, East Rutherford NJ.

The Norwalk High School Marching Band capped an undefeated season tonight with a victory at the US Bands National Championships at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford NJ.  The band, performing in Class VI Open scored a 97.775 out of a possible 100, winning it’s second National Championship in four years.

Norwalk competed against bands from across the country to capture it’s latest title, winning additional awards for Best Music and Best Overall Effect.  The performance ends a season in which the Norwalk High School Marching Band did not lose a competition.  “We are very proud of these students” said Chris Rivera, Norwalk High Band Director, “They have been working hard on this show since August, putting in countless hours rehearsing and perfecting their performance.  To see it end up with a Championship is truly fantastic”.

The Norwalk High School Marching Band is made up of over 175 student musicians and color guard members.  The program has a long tradition of winning and has performed in countless prestigious events including multiple parades at Walt Disney World and other locations.

In addition to showcasing the arts, the Band boasts some of the most academically successful students at Norwalk High School.  “Over 90% of these students maintain a 3.0 GPA or  better”, stated Mr. Rivera.  “This program, music and the arts, are truly helping to better prepare these students for what lies ahead”.

What lies ahead for the Band is a weekend off, then they are right back at is as they prepare for the indoor Winter Percussion and Color Guard seasons.

Norwalk High performing their championship show, “Relics” at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo: Chris Rivera)

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6 comments

Jim Rivera November 12, 2017 at 8:34 pm

Great job guys well done!!! I know how hard you all work, & the countless hours each & everyone of you put into the program its all worth it (isn’t it). I know both my children were in the band.
Outstanding Congrats again!
Jim R.

Rick McQuaid November 13, 2017 at 8:15 am

What an incredible performance by Norwalk High School.
Chris Rivera and his staff, along with the parents and students made Norwalk proud Saturday night(into Sunday morning!)at Met Life Stadium in NJ.
Take a bow NHS Marching Band…it is well deserved!
“EYES WITH PRIDE”

Frank W November 13, 2017 at 9:52 am

Congratulations. Good to see your hard work and dedication being rewarded. I can tell you from experience that the discipline, skills, and work ethic developed because of your involvement in this wonderful activity will benefit you the rest of your lives!

Erin November 13, 2017 at 10:06 am

And the beat goes on!!! Warmest congratulations to an incredible group of students, parents and of course instructors for a well-deserved win!! The show was awesome and the Norwalk High Marching Bears continue to be THE force to be reckoned with! Eyes with Pride, (and in my case tears of pride!) With much love and many hugs, Erin (or Mom!)

Sherelle Harris November 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Go Bears! You make Norwalk proud with your talent, unity, hard work, and spirit of excellence. Keep up the great work.

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