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North Jersey marching bands growing, taking the next step

RHS Band

RHS Band in action

OCTOBER 25, 2015, 11:38 PM    LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2015, 11:47 PM

There was a time, just 10 years ago, when Englewood’s high school marching band had a dozen members. Now, the Pulse of Englewood, as it’s called, boasts 175 musicians and flag twirlers whose soulful style has captured the city’s imagination.

Drum major Daniashley Sosa — in her words, “not that typical band geek” — said she knew she had to be a part of it as soon as she saw the rows of color guard and band members swaying and singing in the stands at football games. Now, she’s one in a sea of maroon-shirted band members who fill the halls of Dwight Morrow High School and Academies@Englewood every Friday. It’s as if, she said, she has “a second family.”

“I see it as a common ground for everyone to come together with a passion for music,” she said.

Despite demanding schedules and a gnawing need for funding, school marching bands throughout New Jersey are swelling with enthusiastic recruits and attracting devoted community followings.

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