Putnam High School marching band recognized at New England Championships

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Putnam - posted Mon., Nov. 4, 2013
The Putnam Clipper marching band placed third in Division IA at the U.S. Bands New England State Competition on Oct. 26. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

The Putnam Clipper marching band took third place in Division IA at the U.S. Bands New England State Competition on Oct. 26. The event brought together more than 40 bands from across New England.

The Clippers competed against four other bands in the same class and division. Rankings are determined by the size of the school and the experience of the band members. Putnam faced off against East Lyme, Manchester, Montville and South Hadley, Mass.

The Clippers also won best visual caption. The award recognizes the band’s interpretation of the music, their marching and formation. “It’s basically an entire band effort,” Fadrowski said. “It’s a great accomplishment for the students.”

The 40-member band performed “A Moment of Silence,” a composition written specifically for them by Christopher Howard and Steve Peterson. The score combined sections of Verdi's Requiem, Mozart's Requiem and the theme from the movie, “Requiem for a Dream.” Fadrowski called the piece, “spot-on-perfect” for her young band.

“I am so proud of the students,” Fadrowski said. This is her second year directing the band, and she had nothing but praise for the work ethic of her students. “I am amazed at their improvement. Their dedication, hard work and perseverance paid off,” she said.

Superintendent William Hull said the band’s recognition was a wonderful example of the good things that are happening at Putnam High School. “This is no small feat,” he said. “We are proud of our students and applaud them for their dedication and hard work.”

The States was the final competition of the year for Putnam. The band will perform at three more football games before the end of the season. Their last event is the traditional Thanksgiving Day football game performance in Killingly. “We’ll do a Battle of the Bands,” Fadrowski said. “It’s fun. The kids know each other. It’s a nice Thanksgiving morning tradition.”

The end of band season isn’t the end of performance season for the Clippers. They will practice a whole new repertoire for the beginning of their concert season. The Clippers will perform a holiday concert on Dec. 17, at 7 p.m.

The band is also planning to travel to Baltimore, Md., and Washington, D.C., in April. They’ll attend a performance of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and then perform themselves at a location yet to be determined in the nation’s capitol.

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