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Arlington earns 5th State Championship; 4th in a row!

AHS Admirals Marching Band Wins Fourth Consecutive State Championship


(LaGrangeville, NY) –  November 1, 2019 – For the fourth consecutive year, the Arlington Admirals High School Marching Band has brought home the first place trophy, or Governor’s Cup, in the National Class from the New York State Field Band Conference Championship with a score of 96.05. The competition took place on October 27 at the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University.

One hundred and twenty six Arlington students under the direction of Band Director Darrell Keech took to the field and performed their 2019 production, “The Good, The Bad, The Groovy” led by Drum Majors Phoebe Anderson Anna Spendley and Amanda Jacobs. Musical selections from their 2018 show include: Original Music by Daniel Valade; Star Trek Main Theme, Alexander Courage; I Wanna Hold Your Hand, John Lennon & Paul McCartney; Blowin’ in the Wind, Bob Dylan; Star Spangled Banner, John Smith & John Higgins; Dance to the Music, Sylvester Stewart; and With a Little Help From My Friends, John Lennon & Paul McCartney.

“When is comes to the Arlington Marching Band, every season is memorable. Watching the students go from a first meeting at the end of May to a performance that resonated so powerfully with fans and judges is an amazing ride for everyone involved. I’m just so proud of everyone who helped make this a great season,” said Keech.

The victory capped off a year that saw the Arlington HS Marching Band perform at the original site of Woodstock in Bethel, NY, a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The Arlington Admiral Marching Band has brought home the state title five times in its 52 year history: in 2004, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

According to the NYS Field Band Conference website, more than 4,000 high school band members representing 53 high school marching bands from throughout the state competed in the conference championship. Bands are divided into six different classifications based on school size and past competitive experience. Arlington competed in the National Class, which is the premier classification for high school bands in New York. The best eight bands in the state competed on the same field on the same night to determine who would be named champion.

“There is no way this would be possible without the dedication of so many students, parents, instructional staff and volunteers,” added Keech.

This year marks the Arlington High School Admirals Marching Band’s 52ndt year in competitive marching. In 1967, William Sweeney was hired as the band director at Arlington High School to oversee a band that had dwindled to only 13 members. Mr. Sweeney’s efforts laid the groundwork for today’s award-winning competitive AHS marching band.