Northern Lehigh Marching Band Wins Fourth Region 2 Cham Orchestra Tournament – Times News Online
Posted on December 03, 2021 at 1:45 p.m.
If the third time was the charm, then the fourth time was sure to be the icing on the cake.
The Northern Lehigh Marching Band recently won their fourth consecutive Region 2 Groups Championship tournament.
This marked the eighth regional marching band championship in school history, according to David Carroll, director of the marching band.
Carroll said the group scored 90.55 and won special awards for High Visual, High Music and Best Color Guard.
On top of that, he said it was the 10th time in the school’s history that Northern Lehigh has won the award for best color guard at the regional championships.
Additionally, Carroll noted that this was Northern Lehigh’s 22nd year competing in the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championship; his ninth year in the Top 10; his eighth Top Five at the ACC; his eighth Region 2 championship; and the 10th time he won the award for best color guard at the regional championships.
Carroll, who noted that this was his 30th season as group tournament director, said plans were already in place for the Atlantic Coast Championship to return to Hershey Park Stadium in 2022.
The Tournament of Bands includes member groups from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, West Virginia and Virginia, and added that the seven states are divided into regional subdivisions that were previously called chapters.
Chapter 2 is the great region of Lehigh Valley stretching west to Reading and north into the Poconos. Each team faces groups of approximately the same size.
The school’s student body is not a factor in determining the group size of a gang.
For more information on the Group Tournament, visit www.njatob.org.
TOB Atlantic Coast Championships
If that wasn’t enough, Carroll said Northern Lehigh continued the following week to compete in the Atlantic Coast Group Tournament Championships, which was held at Central Dauphin High School, not Hershey Park Stadium due to issues. of COVID-19.
There, Northern Lehigh finished fifth in the Group 1 open class, which saw him finish for the fifth consecutive year in the top 5 at the Atlantic Coast Championships.
The marching band has finished eight times in the top 5 and ten times in the top 10 in school history.
“This season has been unique, extremely difficult and at the same time very rewarding,” said Carroll.
“The 2021 season was unique because as an organization we had to operate in a pandemic which included the constant possibility of losing members due to contact tracing or illness. This, of course, was a reality for all the organizations performing this fall.
“The challenges of pushing a competitive college-level organization to reach its full potential were sometimes difficult because in 2020 there was no competitive season. Many of our members didn’t know what to expect this season, and not everyone used to rehearse at a college level anymore.
“We had to instill a strong sense of purpose in the team, provide an unwavering consistency in our approach to build confidence and challenge students to go above and beyond their performance expectations to achieve their goals. Working through these processes took most of the season, but in the end we hit our targets. “
Carroll added that the season ended with everyone on the pitch at the regional championships and the Atlantic Coast championship, “which has been extremely fortunate due to the health crisis.”
“We played to our potential,” he said. “I am so grateful that the student’s hard work and faith in our program was rewarded with performances they will remember forever.”
Carroll was quick to express his gratitude to everyone who made the program the success it is.
“I am very grateful for all the support our program continues to receive from our parent organization, the school district and the community,” he said.
“The Northern Lehigh Band Boosters do a tremendous job every year to create an environment that fosters the success of our students. “
The Northern Lehigh Marching Band recently won their fourth consecutive Region 2 Groups Championship tournament. Pictured front row, left to right, seniors Brooke Delancey, Camryn Torres and Cydney Krause, and back row, left to right, Parker Musselman, Nate Walters and Owen Levan-Uhler. NEWS FROM TERRY AHNER / TIMES