Sunday, April 21, 2024

North Warren Marching Band Competes in National Competition

Drum major Gabriella Walaszczyk kicks off North Warren’s 2023 show, “Light Speed.” Photo by Joe Phalon.

The North Warren Regional High School marching band wrapped up its 2023 season ranked No. 6 in national competition November 4.

Performing at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the band presented its 2023 program, “Light Speed.”

The U.S. Bands-sanctioned competition included more than 30 high school bands from throughout the Northeast during the daylong event that stretched into the evening.

The horns weigh in during North Warren’s presentation. Photo by Joe Phalon.

The previous week, the marching Patriots finished fifth in the U.S. Bands New Jersey State Championships in Old Bridge in a 32-band event.

The North Warren Marching Band Parent Association sponsored its annual competition at North Warren High School October 21. Titled “Music in the Air,” the event featured seven high school bands in competition. North Warren presented its “Light Speed” program in exhibition, as the host schools do not compete.

The North Warren marching band hosted a competition at the high school October 21. Photo by Joe Phalon

Among nearby schools, Hackettstown High School finished first in its division while New Brunswick High School finished with the overall highest score.

Also performing in competition were Hanover Park High School, Fort Lee High School, Delaware Valley High School and Franklin High School.

The North Warren marching band is led by director Ryan Zuccheri, assisted by Alexandra Straulina and color guard instructor Laura Evans.

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.