Dear Bold and Gold Marching Band,
The South Winter Guard continues to make their mark in the local and regional winter guard activity. On Saturday, March 1st South competed in the Winter Guard International South Brunswick Regional held in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey. With teams representing Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Maryland in our division alone, the Council Rock South Winter Guard was one of only 3 groups in the Scholastic Regional-A division to be selected to perform in Finals and the Regional. South held on to their first place finish from prelims in order to WIN their very first WGI Regional with a score of 76.43.
Here is a link to a video of our wonderful finals performance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4oePhD00qw
Making Finals at a Winter Guard International Regional is a tremendous accomplishment.
Winning a WGI Regional is something that only will only be experienced by a select few winter guard students in the entire world-wide winter guard activity! This is a tremendous honor for our school, and our kids!
The winter guard’s next competition is scheduled for Saturday, March 8th at South Brunswick High School once again. This is the Mid-Season preview of circuit championships.
The Lab Band and Jazz band have now performed twice in festival. The Jazz Band and Lab band earned ratings of “Superior” and “Outstanding” respectively, at the Bensalem Jazz show on February 21st. Both groups also performed at Upper Moreland High School on Friday, February 28th earning ratings of “Outstanding” and “Excellent” respectively. The Concert Jazz Band will perform once again this Friday, March 7th at Pennridge High School. Both Bands will also perform at Lower Merion HS on March 14th, and will host “Jazz at the Rock” on Saturday, April 5th.
Our Concert Band and Symphonic Band both performed admirably in the PMEA assessments on Tuesday, February 25th at Central Bucks East High School. Our Concert Band earned an overall rating of “Outstanding” while the Symphonic Band earned a rating of “Excellent!” Both groups will perform on April 30th in our annual Spring Concert.
2013 Marching Season Recap:
09-28-13 North Penn / US Bands Score: 73.5 Winning all Captions in Group IV-A
10-05-13 Owen J. Roberts / Cavalcade Score: 82.7, 2nd place in Yankee Class
10-12-13 Council Rock North Festival Rating: Superior, Captions: Best Marching, Best Color Guard
10-19-13 US Bands State Championships Score: 81.212, 4th place in Group IV-A
10-26-13 CB West / Cavalcade Score: 85.3, 7th place in Yankee Class
10-26-13 Neshaminy Festival Rating: Superior, Captions: Best Color Guard
11-02-13 US Bands Nationals Score: 91.2, 2nd place Band & Color Guard Group IV-A
11-09-13 Cavalcade Championships Score: 89.6, 5th place in Yankee A Class
2013 Concert Band Season Recap
2013 marked a season of firsts for our Concert/Concert Marching Band and our Symphonic Band. Both bands participated in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Assessments on May 11th at Central Bucks HS East. Both bands received a rating of Excellent (II) which is a grade of “A” according to PMEA. Additionally, the bands performed in Music in the Parks in Conjunction with the Choir and Orchestra of South. Performing at Kutztown Area High School, BOTH bands earned a rating of “Superior” the highest rating at the festival. Additionally, the Symphonic Band won the award for “Best High School Concert Band.” Congratulations to our talented musicians on their notable achievements!
05-11-13 PMEA Assessments Concert / Concert Marching Band Rating: Excellent Symphonic Band Rating: Excellent
05-18-13 Music in the Parks Concert / Concert Marching Band Rating: Superior Symphonic Band Rating: Superior, Best HS Band
2013 Winter Guard Season Recap
The 18 members of 2013 Council Rock South winter guard took the bold step of being the FIRST-EVER winter guard here at South. The winter guard rehearsed two to three times per week, and performed a total of 5 times in various competitions throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The group of ladies and gentlemen worked hard, and got better at color guard every week. Eventually, the team made that milestone breakthrough, and their score jumped 13 points! 2013 was the ‘dawn’ of a new era, and a time we will always be proud of!
02-16-13 J.P. Stevens Contest Score: 62.4
03-02-13 South Brunswick Mid-Season Score: 64.4
03-09-13 Hatboro-Horsham Contest Score: 68.1
04-06-13 Ridge HS Contest Score: 81.1
04-20-13 MAIN EVENT CHAMPIONSHIPS Score: 83.5
2012 Marching Band Season Recap
In our first foray into Ranking-style competition in the Cavalcade of Bands circuit, South delivered an impressive finale performance. The band stood at parade rest in the stands as the scores were announced… in 6th place… in 5th place…. By the time the announcer got to 4th place, some of the students were already jumping up and down. When South was announced in 3rd place with a score of 89.55 the members erupted into cheer! The band would later find out that they also won the caption of Ensemble Visual, in a field of competitors that represent the very best of south eastern Pennsylvania.
In addition to their strong performance in the Yankee division (80 members and above,) South had the third highest score out of all 21 bands in competition! The top 3 finish meant that we were able to take home yet another trophy. The Bold and Gold band also had a chance to see bands they have likely never seen before, performing in styles that were very new to our band. Above all, our students represented Council Rock South most admirably both on and off the field.
A very heartfelt Thank you to all of our Parents, Staff, Volunteers and our talented young people on making 2012 one of our best marching seasons so far.
Click here to see a video of our Performance from the Hatboro-Horsham “Tip of the Hat” competition.
Click here to see an HD video of the same show, courtesy of Mr. Simon. Be sure to click on the “Gear” and select HD for the best resolution.
2012 Marching Season Recap:
10-06-12 Pennridge Contest (VIDEO) Rating: Outstanding, Captions: Best Color Guard
10-13-12 Council Rock South Contest (VIDEO) Rating: Superior, Captions: Host
10-20-12 William Tennent Contest (VIDEO) Rating: Superior, Captions: Best Woodwinds
10-27-12 Neshaminy Contest (VIDEO) Rating: Superior, Captions: Best Marching, Best Drum Major
11-03-12 Hatboro-Horsham (VIDEO) SCORE 89.55, 3rd Place Yankee, 3rd Overall, 1st Place Ensemble Visual