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Arlington Admirals Marching Band Repeats As State Champs

The Arlington Admirals marching band
The Arlington Admirals marching band Photo Credit: Contributed

LAGRANGEVILLE, N.Y. -- The Arlington High School Marching Band once again brought home first place.

For the second year in a row, the band won the Governor's Cup in the National Class from the New York State Field Band Conference Championship in Syracuse last week. The competition took place on October 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, "Reflections in Gold."

The program features music and composers from the past 50 years. Selections include: “Fanfare for a Golden Sky” by Scott Boerma, “Anchors Aweigh” (Arlington’s Fight Song) by Charles A. Zimmermann, “Fields of Gold” by Sting, “Great Gate of Kiev” from Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky.

“It was a storybook ending to our 50th Anniversary season,” 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."

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