KP Regional Marching Band Earns Second Place at USBands Open Class National Championships
The King Philip Regional High School Marching Band earned second place at the USBands Open Class National Championships on Saturday, November 5 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Marching Band competed in the Class III Open competition.
As part of the National Championships, the KP Marching Band competed against nine other marching bands. Other marching bands that competed in this division included the Blackstone-Millville High School (Blackstone, Massachusetts), Council Rock South High School (Holland, Pennsylvania), Immaculata High School (Somerville, New Jersey), Mansfield High School (Mansfield, Massachusetts), Naugatuck High School (Naugatuck, Connecticut), Newark High School (Newark, Delaware), Old Bridge High School (Matawan, New Jersey) Perkiomen Valley High School (Collegeville, Pennsylvania), and Wethersfield High School (Wethersfield, Connecticut) marching bands.
KP earned second place with a score of 93.250 for the performance of their show Kaleidoscope. Music included “Kaleidoscope Heart” by Sara Bareilles, “Here Comes the Sun” by George Harrison (inspired by Jacob Collier’s performance), “An American in Paris” by George Gershwin and “Until the Scars” by John Mackey. All pieces were arranged by Director and Music Arranger Michael Keough, Percussion Instructor and Battery Arranger Jacob Aguiar, and Percussion Arranger Matt McGuire.
KP’s performance featured extended trombone and trumpet solos, clarinet section features, and a brass trio in the opener composed of a trumpet, mellophone and trombone. An array of props and movements were also used to showcase varying colors to amplify the performance’s kaleidoscope theme.
“Our Marching Band and Color Guard performed exceptionally well throughout the season, which culminated in their performance at the USBands Open Class,” KP Assistant Marching Band Director Joshua Wolloff said. “Their performance was a spectacular finish to a fantastic season!”