Council Rock North Marching Band Takes First Place with Most Recent Show

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The marching band blew audiences away with their most recent show.

A Bucks County marching band recently made waves with their most recent show, which was used in completion against other local high schools.

The Council Rock North Marching Band took home first place with its show “Unbridled” in a Cavalcade of Bands competition on Oct. 29 in Abington. The 55-member band took top honors in the Liberty A division, competing against similar size schools at the annual Bands in the Boneyard contest hosted by Abington Senior High School.   

Wayne Bishop, Director of Bands at the Newtown high school, said it was incredibly fulfilling to see the immense progress made by the students. 

“Throughout this competition season, I’ve encouraged the band to keep their heads down and their chins up – in other words, work hard and be proud of that work,” said Bishop, who is in his eighth year as CRN band director. “That philosophy got us to this point, but there’s plenty of room to continue to improve until championships. I’m excited to see what we can do to continue to refine the composition and performance of the show in these last few weeks.”  

The band’s 2022 show “Unbridled” is a celebration of equestrian culture and the free spirit of horses. The arrangement uses familiar themes from the “William Tell” and “Light Cavalry” Overtures to illicit the power and grace of this majestic creature, bringing us back to our own childhood dreams of having our very own pony.  

The band will continue to compete throughout the season. Tickets are available at the gate for a Cavalcade of Bands competition on Nov. 5 at Hatboro-Horsham High School in Horsham. The championship contest follows Nov. 12 in Hershey.

The public is also invited to the Stadium Review Concert, in which the band takes its field show indoors, at 7 PM on Nov. 15, in the auditorium at Council Rock North, located at 62 Swamp Road. Admission to this event is free.

The band will perform at the tree lighting in Washington Crossing Historic Park on Nov. 25, and in the Newtown Holiday Parade on Dec. 4.

Learn more about the upcoming shows at Council Rock North Band.

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