WALLINGFORD— Two area high school marching bands ranked in this year’s USBands New England State Championships last month.
Lyman Hall High School earned first place with a score of 90.5 out of 100. Maloney High School finished in a close second at 89.938 in the 5A class.
This is Lyman Hall’s first time breaking a score of 90 at the state competition.
“The feeling of standing at awards and listening to the announcer call us in first place is amazing, but it is the work and sense of accomplishment that we strive for,” Lyman Hall senior and drum major, Rajani Subramanian said. “The sense of self improvement and community is our goal, not always scores and placements.”
Lyman Hall color guard captain Lauren Condon said performing their seven-minute show usually brings a sense of excitement and amazement, but this time it was extremely special.
“There was a magical feeling alongside all the proudness and amazement I was feeling,” Condon said. “This group of 100 plus students put in literal blood, sweat, and tears into every season and to just have all that hard work pay off is amazing.”
Maloney’s marching band, which has more than 100 students, usually scores in the low 90s or high 80s, but students found this year to be special because of their high-energy tribal show.
"It played on their emotions and it played on their energy level. It's very loud, it's very percussive,” Maloney marching band director Brian Cyr said. "It was a great show, I certainly wouldn't have asked for any more.”
“The Maloney kids are notoriously good at getting excited and they're extremely energetic,” Cyr said. He said the students know what Maloney means to the community and the shoes they have to fill.
As for the day of competition, band members know they won’t forget it.
“We didn’t even win this year, but this is probably the most fun I’ve had in any season,” Maloney senior and tuba player Jon Craig said.
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