The NFA Wildcat Marching Band will take the field at MetLife Stadium tomorrow in the USBands Class III Open National Championship. The band performs at 9:52 a.m. (and yes, that does say a.m., as in the morning). The band will travel to New Jersey by coach bus, departing NFA at 4:30 a.m. and returning around 8:30 p.m. Full event details can be found at the USBands web site. Please note that awards for Class III Open will be held at 2 p.m. at the Central Stage, near the main entrance to the stadium. This is the first time the band has traveled to Nationals since (at least) 2009, but the performance will be a fitting end to a fantastic season that saw the Wildcats win the Connecticut State Championship in their division.
The Road to Nationals
Prior to the start of the 2013 season, there had been some talk of maybe going to Nationals, but no firm decision had been made. As a result, neither the school nor the Boosters had included the event’s cost into their budgets. Once the staff decided to make the trip, the band and boosters sprang into action, holding a variety of fundraisers, which ultimately raised enough money to nearly cover the entire cost of the trip. The efforts included:
- Vigorous fund-raising efforts at the Homecoming football game, including the sale of paper “Shakos.” The shakos were ultimately put on a bulletin board outside the band room, lining a symbolic “Road to Nationals.”
- Efforts by several parents to raise money at their places of employment.
- A highly energetic effort to raise money at NFA. Members of the NFA Community, including staff and faculty, made numerous and generous contributions to support the band.
- An impromptu concession stand at the ECC Volleyball tournament, which was held at NFA. Several parents were able to pull this fundraiser together on just over three-hours notice.
- A pizza fundraiser, sponsored by the band council, at Tulli’s Restaurant, located in the Taftville section of Norwich.
Overall, it was encouraging to see members of the NFA community pull together to support the Wildcat Marching Band!
The Norwich Free Academy Wildcat Marching Band won the Class III Open Connecticut State Championship at the USBands New England State Championship on October 26, 2013. The event was held at JFK Stadium in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The Wildcats posted a score 86.7 and placed third among all Class III Open Bands in New England.
The Road to the Championship. The Wildcats’ season started in July with the Midsummer Night’s Rehearsal and continued in August with band camp and band retreat at Camp Aldersgate in Rhode Island. The band participated in five shows, including the NFA home show, the Fall Classic, which was held on October 5, 2013. The Wildcat’s 2013 field show is titled Ka: Battlefield and features music and choreography inspired by the Cirque du Soleil show, Ka.
The Journey Continues: The Road to Nationals. While the New England State Championship is a major milestone in the Wildcat’s 2013 season, it will not be the end of the journey. The band will travel to MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands in New Jersey on November 9th to participate in the USBands Class III Open National Championship. The Wildcats will also perform at home football games through the end of the season, including the Thanksgiving Day game versus New London.
The NFA Wildcat Marching Band will compete compete for the USBands Class III Open New England States Championship this Saturday at J.F.K. Stadium in Bridgeport, Connecticut. NFA is scheduled to perform at 7:54 p.m. The stadium is located at 1 Lincoln Boulevard in Bridgeport. Senior Drum Major, Olivia Lattimore, will be hosting a bonfire at her home Friday night from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
The NFA Wildcat Marching Band placed first in Class III Open at Cheshire High School’s “Music in Motion” competition on October 12, 2013. The Wildcats delivered a show-stopping performance that brought the capacity crowd to its feet. NFA scored 78.225 and took the Best Music and Best Percussion caption awards. Three-time defending MAC champion, Naugatuck High School, placed second, with a score of 78.20.
NFA will perform at Homecoming on October 19. The band’s next competition will be the New England State Championships on October 26.
The Norwich Free Academy Wildcat Marching Band will open the 2013 competitive season on Saturday, September 21st at the Robert E. Fitch High School in Groton, Connecticut. The Fitch show, Sounds by the Sea, starts at 5:00 p.m. with NFA performing at 6:15 p.m. The day begins with the NFA Football Game, and NFA will be performing at half time before departing for Fitch.
The Wildcat Marching Band continues its epically inspiring adventure this weekend as they head to retreat at Camp Aldersgate in North Scituate, Rhode Island. Students will meet at NFA Sunday morning and travel by bus to camp. They will return Wednesday afternoon and will present a preview show for parents at about 4:00 p.m.
The 2013 Marching Band seasons swings into full gear tomorrow–Monday, August 12th–as students assemble for the first day of band camp. Camp runs from 12 to 8 p.m. every day this week, except for Wednesday, when camp will end at 6 p.m. to accommodate the mandatory meeting for all parents and students. Pre-season activities continue on August 18-21, when students will travel to retreat at Camp Aldersgate in Rhode Island. In addition, there will be a Booster meeting on Thursday, August 15th at at 7 p.m.
This year’s field show is inspired by music from the Cirque du Soleil show Ka, an epically inspiring adventure.
The Norwich Free Academy Music Department will present its Spring Pops Concert on Wedensday, June 5th starting at 6 p.m. The concert will feature performances by various vocal and instrumental ensembles. The Band Boosters will provide a concession stand where guests can purchase quick-service food starting at 5 p.m.
The NFA Wildcat Marching Band helped welcome home the USS Alexandria on April 2nd. The band has a special bond with the Alexandria as the ship’s Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Neil Steinhagen, is the father of two Wildcat Band Members, Tanner and Sierra. While submarine homecomings are always special events, the presence of the Wildcat Marching Band made this one unique. Well done to all who helped make this special day even better.
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