"We finally broke through in 2010, and we haven't let go since," he said.
Every year, his most experienced students graduate and a batch of green freshman join up. It's the support staff around the students that keep the organization focused, he said.
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The extra time earned the 2017 champions additional awards Sunday, including best music, best woodwinds, second-place brass, second-place color guard and fourth-place percussion.
"One of the parents got us pizza, so that was cool."Never in the 45-year history of the Tournament of Bands, the marching band championship sponsor, has a group won eight consecutive Atlantic Coast Championship titles, according to TOB director Jeffrey Dent. 1 of 209 bands in its four-state division: New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Maryland.
An ACC win seemed like a lock, even in Sunday's unfavorable weather conditions.
As four members of the band — the drum major, and three section captains — stood on the field waiting for the award announcement, Kershaw says the emotions started flowing.
Every year it intensifies."It's not so much adrenaline. "I watch them in amazement of what they achieved because I remember what they were doing in July and August."Sunday, the season flashed before Eric Mizner Jr., an eighth-grade sax player. After a streak of wins since September, Eric, 13, remembered his first performance at a football game at Audubon High School. The phrase "never forget Audubon," helped keep him focused.