NORTHAMPTON TOWNSHIP >> The Council Rock South Marching Band, under the direction of John Burns, paraded into the winner’s circle on Oct. 29 after being named Group IV-A State Champions at the U.S. Bands Pennsylvania State Championships held at West Chester University.

In addition, South marched away with the Cadets "Award of Excellence," a prestigious honor given by the judges for the most creative and excellent show at the State Championships.

South competed with 26 other bands to earn this coveted prize, earning an impressive score of 94.388 and caption awards for “Best Visual” and “Best Music.”

The Council Rock South Marching Band began its competitive season on Saturday, Oct. 1 at North Penn High School’s “Knight of Sound” where it won its division with a score of 84.7. The band also took home caption awards for Best Overall Effect, Best Music and Best Percussion.

The band hosted its annual Council Rock Invitational at Walt Snyder Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 8 performing in exhibition.

South again came out on top of its division at Central Bucks High School South’s “Sights and Sounds of South” on Oct. 15 registering a score of 83.875 and winning awards for “Best Overall Effect,” “Best Color Guard” and “Best Percussion.”

Late that same day, the band was one of only two bands to earn a “Superior” rating at the William Tennent Celebration of Bands. South also won the award for “Best Color Guard.”

And on Saturday, Oct. 22 Council Rock South was the only band to earn a “Superior” rating at the Neshaminy Kaleidoscope of Bands. South also won awards for “Best Marching,” “Best Color Guard,” “Best Percussion” and “Best Overall Effect.”

Council Rock South will close out its marching band season by competing in the U.S. Bands National Championships on Sunday, Nov. 6 at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown. There, it will face more than 20 Group IV-A bands from across the nation in competition.

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