Tuesday, April 29th, 2003  Marching Band Championship 

Central High School Wins
Marching Band Championship

The Central High School Marching Band and Color Guard captured first place in the Musical Arts Conference Championship Competition, which took place on Saturday, November 9 at Central High School.

In addition, Central took first place for Outstanding Percussion, Outstanding Color Guard, Outstanding Drum Major, Outstanding General Effect, Outstanding Music and Oustanding Marching.

Bands from four states - Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey - vied for top honors in six classes - from small bands (under 35 members) to large bands( fielding over 100 musicians).

Central High School's Marching Band & Color Guard Parent Association hosted the competition. The co-presidents are Diana Prieto and Michael Golrick. this marked the second year that the parents have hosted MAC championship at Central, but the first time the school played host to the entire conference.

Mac Coalition of music educators formed to create a professional and educational outlet in which high school ensembles can compete. MAC's primary goal is to give high school performers and opportunity to perform in a professional atmosphere.

The conference bands, including the award winning Central High School Marching Band, have competed in local competitions since September.

Maximino Medina, Jr., one of the members of the parent group, said "we are the smallest band in the conference and we are hosting the largest even, but we have an outpouring of parent, alumini and staff volunteers. This becomes a great community effort."

In addition to Central Connecticut, bands that competed were: Stamford High School Black Knight Marching Band, Danbury High School Marching Hatter band, Westhill High School Vikings Marching Band, Brien McMahon School Marching Senators, Naugatuck High School Greyhound Marching Band, Trumbull High School Golden Eagle Marching Band, Norwalk High School Marching Band and the Shelton High School Marching Gaels Band.

Also, Somers High School Marching Tuskers Band, Cheshire High School Marching Ram Bam, Newtown High School Nightawks Marching Band, Bethel High School Marching Band, Brookfield High School Marching Band, Masuk High School Marching Band in Monroe, and the Jonathan Law High School Marching Band in Milford.

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