2018 Class II-A National & State Champions Featured On Cover of 2019 Montville Town Planner Calendar
The Montville Township High School Marching Band is featured in the cover of the newly-released 2019 Montville Township Town Planner Calendar. Having taken first place for 2018 in both the Nationals and State US Bands competitions for Class II-A, the Montville Mustangs Marching Band was awarded the cover of the 2019 Montville Township Town Planner by the Town Planner Staff & Family. The MTHS Marching Band is also featured on the September calendar spread.
#1 Ranked Montville Marching Band Also Highlights September Spread
The Montville Township High School (MTHS) Marching Band is featured in the cover of the newly-released 2019 Montville Township Town Planner Calendar. Having taken first place for 2018 in both the Nationals and State US Bands competitions for Class II-A, the Montville Mustangs Marching Band was awarded the cover of the 2019 Montville Township Town Planner by the Town Planner Staff & Family.
“We’re really proud of them,” said Pat O’Dowd, whose Montville Township based family publishes Town Planner Calendars.
O’Dowd, her husband, Joseph, and their extended family, of O’Dowd Advertising in Montville, New Jersey, have been publishing the Montville Township Town Planner Calendar for nearly thirty years. By 1992 Town Planner franchises served 8 communities, with a circulation of 50,000 homes. Today, the Town Planner serves more than 50 communities with a circulation of over 325,000 homes in several states.
When O’Dowd learned of the 2018 MTHS Marching Band wins, she reached out the Montville Township Public Schools district a few days before going to press with the 2019 Montville Township edition of the calendar.
“We’d like to feature the band on the front cover of the 2019 Calendar,” she wrote.
The Marching Band placed First at the US Bands National Competition on Saturday, November 3, 2018, in Allentown, PA. The forty-three member marching band performed their original program Elements. The MTHS Mustangs competed against 16 other Class II-A division schools, from Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, to win First Place at Nationals. In addition to the First Place title, the MTHS Mustangs also received caption awards for Best Music and Best Overall Affect.
A week earlier, on October 27, the band competed in the US Bands State Competition, in Glassboro, NJ. There the MTHS Marching Band achieved the top spot out of 11 other schools competing in Class II-A. For States the MTHS Marching Band also brought home caption awards for Best Visual Effect and Best Overall Effect.
“To win First Place at both the States and Nationals Competitions is an extraordinary achievement,” said Montville Township Public Schools’ Supervisor of Fine and Performing Arts Edward Fleischman.
In recognition of landing the top spot in the nation, the MTHS Marching Band was awarded a trophy that stands approximately 9’ tall.
“What a wonderful accomplishment,” Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar said. “I am very proud of the students and the directors for all of the work that went into capturing this title.”
The 2018 MTHS Marching Band is under the Direction of Chelsea Stebbins, with Assistant Director Daniel Pasquale. Student leadership includes: Junior, Amy Testa, Colorguard Captain; Senior Julie Lee, Drum Major; junior Sean McAuley, Junior Drum Major; and junior Ashley Westergaard, Colorguard Lieutenant. The team was also honored by the Montville Township Board of Education on Tuesday, December 18.
Elements, the original program performed during the 2018 season by the MTHS Marching Band, highlights the Elements of music: Rhythm, Melody, and Harmony, in six movements. The movements each feature a variety of musical styles which are both instrumentally and visually expressed.
The MTHS Marching band is featured on the cover and also on the September 2019 calendar spread. Every month also features discounts to area businesses. The 2019 Montville Township Town Planner Calendar was mailed during the week of December 17 to all homes in Montville Township, which includes Montville, Towaco and Pine Brook, NJ.
The Montville Township Board of Education honored the leadership of the Montville Township High School Marching Band on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. The MTHS Marching Band landed First Place in both the 2018 Nationals and State US Bands competitions for Class II-A. Pictured: Chelsea Stebbins, Director; Amy Testa, grade 11, Colorguard Captain; Julie Lee, 12, Drum Major; Sean McAuley, 11, Junior Drum Major; Ashley Westergaard, 11, Colorguard Lieutenant and Daniel Pasquale, Assistant Director.