2017 Newark Regional


Prelims Results
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Class A
1. Pendleton H.S., SC
2. Plainfield H.S., CT
Music: Pendleton H.S., SC
Visual: Pendleton H.S., SC
GE: Pendleton H.S., SC

Class AA
1. Mechanicsburg H.S., PA
2. Allatoona H.S., GA
3. Scotch Plains Fanwood H.S., NJ
Music: Allatoona H.S., GA
Visual: Mechanicsburg H.S., PA
GE: Mechanicsburg H.S., PA

Class AAA
1. Norwin H.S., PA
2. James Madison H.S., VA
3. Trumbull H.S., CT
Music: Trumbull H.S., CT
Visual: Trumbull H.S., CT
GE: Norwin H.S., PA

Class AAAA
1. Green Hope H.S., NC
2. Spring-Ford H.S., PA
3. Old Bridge H.S., NJ
Music: Green Hope H.S., NC
Visual: Green Hope H.S., NC
GE: Green Hope H.S., NC

Finals Results
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1. (80.40) Norwin H.S., PA
2. (79.65) Green Hope H.S., NC
3. (77.05) Trumbull H.S., CT
4. (76.60) James Madison H.S., VA
5. (71.45) West Genesee H.S., NY
6. (69.30) Allatoona H.S., GA
7. (69.20) Thomas Jefferson H.S., VA
8. (69.00) Spring-Ford H.S., PA
9. (68.85) Mechanicsburg H.S., PA
10. (67.05) Old Bridge H.S., NJ

Music: (tie) Green Hope H.S., NC
and Norwin H.S., PA
Visual: Green Hope H.S., NC
GE: Norwin H.S., PA

Returning 2016 Finalists (4)
1. Trumbull H.S., CT
3. James Madison H.S.,VA
6. Bridgewater-Raritan H.S., NJ
8. Spring-Ford H.S., PA

Previous Champions
2016: Trumbull H.S., CT
2015: Joe E. Newsome H.S., FL
2014: Norwin H.S., PA
2013: Lassiter H.S., GA
2012: Norwin H.S., PA
2011: Kiski Area H.S., PA

States Represented (9)
Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia.

The 2017 Newark, Delaware, Regional will be held Oct. 7 at University of Delaware. In 2016, Trumbull was named regional champion, beating frequent regional champion Kiski Area.

Analysis
The Newark Regional looks to be one of the most entertaining regionals the Atlantic coast has seen in years. Twenty-nine bands will be in attendance this year, the highest number there has ever been at this competition.

Trumbull edged out Kiski Area last year to take first place at this competition, and this year they get to take a shot at another historical giant of the region in Norwin. We loved watching Trumbull last year, and their comfortable margin of victory over Kiski Area in last year’s competition inclines us to give them the edge. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen either group perform yet this year, so it’s tough to call with any confidence.

Third through sixth should be a fight between four specific groups. Allatoona finished second at Monroeville in 2015 before taking a year off from the BOA circuit. Bridgewater-Raritan showed some flashes of the greatness that had been missing for the last few years, but it’s hard to predict where they will fall this year. Green Hope is a consistent bubble band for semifinals at grand nats, but doesn’t often place well early on in the season. James Madison finished third at this competition last year and will be looking to do even better this time around.

The last four spots in finals will be practically up for grabs. The only band we see as a lock is Spring-Ford, who finished eighth at this competition in 2016 and sixth in 2015. For the other spots we’ll take Fairfax, Hempfield, and Westfield.

Predictions
1. Trumbull H.S., CT
2. Norwin H.S., PA
3. James Madison H.S., VA
4. Green Hope H.S., NC
5. Allatoona H.S., GA
6. Bridgewater-Raritan H.S., NJ
7. Spring-Ford H.S., PA
8. Westfield H.S., NJ
9. Hempfield H.S., PA
10. Fairfax H.S., VA

Adjudication Panel
Music: Ed Argenziano, Daniel Cuevas, Albert Lo, and Jeremy Spicer.
Visual: JR Carlisle, John Howell, and Tim Hundall.
Chief: John Turner.

1 comment:

  1. The space itself is great. The bar and restaurant at event venue occupies two levels, with a great balcony looking out over the city. I had a great time people watching, especially since it was close to festive season.

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