The Southern Regional Marching Band closed out a victorious competition season by capturing the Atlantic Coast Championship crown in the 2013 Tournament of Bands over the weekend.
“It was amazing,” said Shayna Burgos. “It was worth all the effort,” added the junior flute player.
Stafford Township Police, Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad members met the buses as the came off Route 72 and provide an escort with lights flashing and sirens blaring on to the Southern campus.
Band Director Andrew Wright was elated at the band’s victory
as he was surrounded by his musicians, color guard, band parents
and friends as he got off the bus. Still the boss, Wright was organizing the band to get them inside for one more meeting and was unavailable for comment.
The band recently practiced their routine based on the
children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are” on a chilly fall night last week.
Wright was part task master, part cheerleader and certainly the band’s biggest fan that night, urging them to “embrace” the 50 degree weather. “It’s going to be about 45 degrees in Hersey, so get used to it now,” he said
The band then went on to entertain the crowd at last Saturday’s homecoming football game before boarding buses to the tournament that was held in Hersey, PA.
This is the second time in three years the Southern Marching Band has won the tournament, according to proud dad Tom Hoesly, who was meeting his daughter a member of the drill team.
“Really it’s all about the kids. Just look at those smiles,” he said. Except you could not help noticing his ear to ear grin as he clutched the winner’s trophy for photo with his daughter, Catlin.
Reached later, Wright thanked everyone for their efforts saying, "An Atlantic Coast Championship would not be possible without each individual student, parent, volunteer, and staff member. It is a joy to be a part of such a great team!"