Maloney High School in Meriden to host marching band competition

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MERIDEN — The Maloney High School marching band is hosting a show on Sept. 18 at Falcon Field as part of its USBands affiliation.

The show, slated to start at 5 p.m., will feature performances by 10 other area high schools and the University of New Haven. USBands supports band ensembles “through exceptional service, high quality adjudication and world class venues,” according to its website. 

“We have all different bands coming in to show the people in our area what’s out there,” said Barbara Fraser, president of the Maloney Band Boosters. “... So we’ve been working, working, working over the last couple of weeks to prepare for this.” 

Fraser said USBands gives the school guidelines for the show.  

“We get a load of rules and stuff of the type of show that it has to be,” Fraser said. 

The Maloney marching band will also travel to a half dozen competitions hosted by other schools this month and next month.

“The mission of the competition is for the kids to perform for judges to rate their technical ability, their visual ability, their musicality,” Fraser said. “It’s on a scoring system that was created by USBands.”

After a full year of not being able to hold events and activities, Maloney Band Director Brian Cyr is excited to give students opportunities to host and compete at events. 

“Everyone has consistently been focused on being safe throughout the pandemic and there were a lot of restrictions put on performing arts for a lot of different reasons,” Cyr said. “A lot of performers lost so much last year. We’re just really excited to be able to give students the opportunity to perform in a safe and appropriate format.”  

Even though a lot of band activities are outdoors, precaution is still taken, Cyr added.

“A lot of the things that would be inside like staff activities and student warmup areas and things like that have all been shifted outside,” he said. “Handwashing stations, a lot of signage to remind people about how to be safe and social distance.” 

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