CR High School South

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The Bold and Gold
Council Rock High School South Marching Band 

The 2014 Council Rock South Marching Band at the US Bands National Championships at J.Birney Crum Stadium

Dear Council Rock SOUTH Marching Band Families,

Many thanks to everyone who volunteered their time, talents and tempting food to our first annual “SpinOUT” at the Rock.  In spite of the weather, 13 colorguards performed in the best facility in Southeastern, PA and were treated to the best hospitality ANYWHERE!  We were also treated to an outstanding performance by our own Council Rock South Winterguard, and the inaugural performance of our Council Rock South Indoor Drumline!  I’d like to give a very special thank you to Cheryl Bryant and Linda van der Spek for their tremendous efforts in organizing this event.  I’d like to give a very special thanks to our 1st place trophy donors the Beerbower Family, the Bryant Family, the Kunnel Family and the van der Spek family.  I could not be any more proud of our hard-working parents and students.  A heartfelt thank you to everyone for making this little dream of mine a reality!

On Wednesday, February 25th the South Auditorium will host the Council Rock Music Faculty Recital.  The Concert begins at 7:00 pm, and refreshments will be offered by the Council Rock South Orchestra Parents.  Admission is by donation, and all proceeds benefit a scholarship fund for graduating seniors who plan to pursue Music as a career.

This coming week will focus on our preparations for the first WGI Regional!  We will be competing in this national-level competition this Saturday, February 28th at South Brunswick High School. 

I hope everyone is as excited as I am about our 2015-2016 Marching Band Trip!  Just in case you missed the meeting, here is a link to the video announcement.

This Week’s Schedule is as Follows:

Monday, 02-23-15

2:45pm – 3:45pm             Lab Band Rehearsal

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm           Winter Guard Rehearsal (4:00 – 5:30 Atrium, then Aux Gym)

Tuesday, 02-24-15


6:00 pm – 9:00 pm           Winter Guard Rehearsal (6 – 7 Atrium, then Aux Gym)

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm           Indoor Drumline Rehearsal

Wednesday, 02-25-15

                7:00 pm – 9:00 pm           Faculty Recital 

Thursday, 02-26-15

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm           Lab Band Rehearsal

                3:00 pm – 5:30 pm           Concert Jazz Band Rehearsal

 Friday, 02-27-15

                5:00 pm – 11:30 pm       Concert Jazz Band Competition at Upper Moreland HS                                 
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm                Winter Guard Rehearsal

Saturday, 02-28-15

7:00 am – 11:00 pm   “WGI South Brunswick” Regional Competition

8:00 am – 3:00 pm            Indoor Drumline Rehearsal

Thank you for your Support of the Council Rock South Marching Band!


John Burns

Director of Bands

Council Rock High School South





Want a chance to learn alongside the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps HERE in Pennsylvania?





The South Marching Band was the featured Band of the Week on an NBC 10 segment called “High School Blitz” Last Saturday at 7:00 pm CLICK HERE to see the Council Rock South Marching Band ON TV!

                Additionally, the South Symphonic Band made an appearance on KYW news radio, and this CBS News spot.



SRA Champions


2014 Marching Season Recap:

09-27-14   CB South / US Bands        Score: 76.375 Winning all Captions in Group IV-A
10-11-14   Council Rock South Festival              Rating: Superior NO CAPTION AWARDS FOR HOST BAND
10-18-14   William Tennent HS Festival   Rating: Superior Best Color Guard

10-25-14   Neshaminy Festival      Rating: Superior, Captions: Best Color Guard, Overall Effect, Music, Woodwinds  HIGHEST OVERALL SCORE!
11-09-14   US Bands Nationals Score: 92.863, 8th place Band & 2nd place Color Guard Group IV-A

2014 Winter Guard Season Recap

The 2014 Winter Guard Season has come to its dramatic conclusion. With a score of 90.98, Council Rock South has won their first ever MAIN Event Championship, capping off an undefeated season. Coming off of a 13th place finish in Scholastic Novice class in 2013, South set off on a mission to bring a far more energetic, and sleek look to the stage in 2014. Our Production entitled “Boxed In” featured an original composition that was crafted simultaneously alongside our staging. The staff was confident that our team would be more competitive in the Novice Class. We were so successful however, that we were promoted to Scholastic Regional-A at our first competition!



Our expectations for the new classification were open-ended as we headed into our first competition in the new class. Low and behold, we managed to finish on top once again! Prior to the start of the winter guard season, we registered for our first ever Winter Guard International Regional, assuming that we would be well out of our league as a locally Novice color guard. Everyone was thrilled when we not only made finals, but also won the scholastic A division. When the team also won the Mid-Season show on the following week, it was clear that we had a shot at winning it all! Now that April 12th has come and gone, I can pinch myself and believe that it did happen. Council Rock South is the 2014 Scholastic-A Regional Champion.

02-01-14   Hillsborough HS  Contest              Score: 78.8                               1st place in Scholastic Novice, Promotion to Regional - A



02-15-14   J.P. Steven HS Contest                   Score: 67.52                             1st place in Scholastic Regional - A



03-01-13   WGI REGIONAL Contest                Prelims Score: 76.73              FINALIST



                                                                              Finals Score: 76.47                1st place in Scholastic Regional – A REGIONAL CHAMPIONS



03-08-14   South Brunswick Mid-Season       Score: 78.69                         1st place in Scholastic Regional - A



03-15-14   Hatboro-Horsham Contest            Score: 82.56                         1st place in Scholastic Regional - A



03-29-14   Somerville  HS Contest                   Score: 85.15                        1st place in Scholastic Regional - A



04-12-14   MAIN EVENT CHAMPIONSHIPS    Score: 90.98                        1st place in Scholastic Regional – A CIRCUIT CHAMPIONS


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, AND 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