Silver Eagles Marching Band to host competition Saturday

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Complete performance of colorful new show to debut

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The Egg Harbor Township Silver Eagles Marching Band will strut their stuff on their home turf while playing host to seven other bands at their only home band competition the season Saturday, Oct. 20 in the high school stadium.

Their performance in the competition will also mark the first time their complete program, based on Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba,” will be performed, according to band director Dominic Scalfaro.


This year’s band is comprised of 59 members including the color guard, he said.

Drum majors and seniors Nicole Canela and Mitch Ratte, both 17, lead the band members throughout a very challenging show.

“This was a very challenging program to learn,” Ratte said. “There is high difficulty musically and then you have to put feet into it.”

“La Nouba” tells the story of two worlds colliding, the mundane with the magical, according to Cirque du Soleil’s website, and the band aims to retell that story through its program, specially rewritten for marching bands.

The color guard, dressed in vibrant uniforms, will add color and movement to the music their counterparts are playing, said Susan Elmer of the band’s booster club.  The club works year-round to raise money for the band to purchase uniforms, sheet music, pay for travel expenses and feed the musicians.

The event Saturday is a large fundraiser for the club, she said, noting that the booster club parents will be selling homemade foods like chili as well as desserts. Chick-Fil-A has also donated chicken sandwiches, she said.

Scalfaro said the portions they have performed in earlier competitions have seemed to be crowd pleasers.

“People were bopping their heads and really getting into it,” he said.

The evening will feature a mix of styles, Scalfaro said.

“Each band is different. You’ll hear a range of music from jazz to pop and the Egg Harbor Township Youth Organization Drill Team will be performing a halftime expo. It’s good family fun.”

The competition starts at 6 p.m. The Silver Eagles will perform at 8:15 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children.

  The Silver Eagles Marching Band perform at a recent parade.

Band director Dominic Scalfaro, left, works with drum major Nicole Canela, 17, before a recent parade.

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