RU HS Band Plays Gillette Stadium!

Communities / Nov. 21, 2012 10:59pm EST

By Geoffrey Doering

Last Saturday, Nov. 17, 34 Randolph High School band students, led by RUHS Music Director Elle Stenerson and accompanied by several parent volunteers, braved the unseasonably cold conditions in order to perform at the prestigious Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots.

The occasion was the annual UMass Band Day, which invites more than 3000 other band students from across New England to join the famed UMass Minuteman Marching Band in playing for a University of Massachusetts game. The game was held at Gillette Stadium this year because UMass is a newly appointed Division 1 college.

The massed bands, including the RUHS students, performed a medley of music from the ever popular movie “The Lion King,” which they had learned prior to the event.

The entire experience (which included a round trip bus ride from Randolph to Foxborough, Mass., and back again) lasted about 19 hours, and students were rewarded with seats for the UMass vs. Buffalo football game and a chance to watch the Minuteman Marching Band’s 2012 field show.

In addition, RUHS band members gained their first experience of marching with thousands of other high school band students on a professional football field to perform an extensive halftime show. Whey were rewarded with fireworks after the game.

UMass Band Day was a uniquely entertaining, engaging, and educational event which I, as a band student, hope that RUHS attends next year as well.

Geoffrey Doering is a junior at Randolph Union High School.

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