Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

AHS Admirals Marching Band Wins State Championship Two Years Running

Arlington High School Drum Major Kristin Chen, Color Guard Section Leader Maeve St.Onge, Drum Major Alex Gray and Drum Major Lauren Foley celebrate their first place win. Photo by Al Chen

LAGRANGEVILLE – For the second consecutive year, Arlington High School Marching Band has brought home the first place trophy, or Governor’s Cup, in the National Class from the New York State Field Band Conference Championship.

The competition took place on Oct. 29 at the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University.

Under the direction of Band Director Darrell Keech and Assistant Band Directors Evan Rzodkiewicz and  Lynda Keech, and led by drum majors Kristin Chen, Lauren Foley and Alex Gray, 130 Arlington students took to the field and performed their 2017 production.

In 1967, William Sweeney was hired as the band director at Arlington High School. The Band had dwindled to only 13 members, but the groundwork was laid for the award winning competitive marching band of today. Fifty years later, the Arlington High School Marching Band celebrates their golden anniversary of competitive marching with their production entitled “Reflections in Gold.”

AHS Admirals Marching Band Wins State Championship Two Years Running

Band members celebrate after the awards ceremony on the floor at the Dome/Syracuse University. Photo by Al Chen

“It was a storybook ending to our 50th Anniversary season,” Mr. Keech said.  “The show was a tribute to the Band’s past, and this championship is dedicated to all of the students, staff, parents, and volunteers from the past half-century.  I’m so proud of the students of the 2017 Band.  They made amazing progress, especially over the last half of the season.  It was an honor to watch them perform in Syracuse!”

The program features music and composers from the past half-century in a new and fresh way. Selections include: Fanfare for a Golden Sky Scott Boerma Anchors Aweigh (Arlington’s Fight Song) Charles A. Zimmermann Fields of Gold Sting Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition.

According to the NYS Field Band Conference website, more than 50 high school marching bands competed in the conference championship. Bands are divided into six different classifications based on school size and past competitive experience. Arlington competed in the National Class, which is the premier classification for high school bands in New York. The best eight bands in the State competed on the same field on the same night to determine who will be Champion.


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