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The Council Rock SOUTH Marching Band


ONE at Nationals



Dear Council Rock SOUTH Marching Band Families,

Welcome to the final week of the marching band season.  It’s been a wonderful time!  I couldn’t be any more proud of the South Band!  The Jazz Band and Winter Guard seasons have officially begun, but first we have one last performance together on Thursday, November 19th.  Our annual marching band concert will be a bit different this year, as we will also be performing with our middle school friends!

Below is a summary of our schedule for the week

Monday, 11-16-15      No Band Rehearsals

Tuesday, 11-17-15     BCMEA County Band Auditions After School

Wednesday, 11-18-15                                                                                                                       
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm            Concert Rehearsal on Stage

Thursday, 11-19-15
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm             Lab Band Saxophone Sectional Rehearsals                                                    
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm             Concert Jazz Band Saxophone Sectional Rehearsals
4:30 pm – 9:00 pm             Marching Band Concert

Friday, 11-20-15                                                                                                                                   
5:30 pm – 8:40 pm            Winter Guard Rehearsal                                                                                  

Saturday, 11-21-15           OFF

Sunday, 11-22-15             OFF

Thank you all for your continued support!


John Burns
Director of Bands
Council Rock High School South

2:30 pm –4:00pm Winds (Woodwinds and Brass) AND Color Guard Rehearsal, No Evening Sectional for Color Guard
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Drumline and Pit Rehearsal SAME TIMES
Thursday, 09-03-15
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Full Marching Band Rehearsal
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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.



2015 was a banner year for the South Marching Band.  In festival competition, South continues a long streak of Superior Ratings that began back in 2012.  In US Bands, South made a name as one of the best Group IV-A bands in the Commonwealth.  South earned higher scores than ever before, and broke two new milestones:  South won their first CAPTION award at the State Level, by winning the BEST MUSIC award, and at the National Championships, South won the award for BEST COLOR GUARD!

A very heartfelt Thank you to all of our Parents, Staff, Volunteers and our talented young people on making 2015 one of our best marching seasons ever!

2015 Marching Season Recap:

10-03-15 US Bands Competition @ C. B. South        Video   SCORE 80.4, 1st place Group IV-A, Winning ALL CAPTIONS!

10-10-15  Council Rock South Contest                Video   Rating: Superior, Captions: Best Marching

10-17-15 William Tennent Contest                          Video   Rating: Superior, Captions: Best Color Guard

10-24-15 Neshaminy Contest                                    Video   Rating: Superior, Captions: Best Marching, Best Color Guard, Best Woodwinds, Best Overall Effect

10-31-15 US Bands State Championships                Video  SCORE 91.6  2nd place Group IV-A, Best Music!

10-08-15 US Bands National Championships          VIDEO   SCORE 95.063  6th place Group IV-A, Best Colorguard!

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