Completing a sweep of the season’s major awards on the US Bands competition circuit, the SPFHS Raiders Marching Band took first place for Group 6-A at the National Championships in Allentown, Pa., on Saturday, Nov. 8.

The band and color guard achieved a score of 92.875 and took all caption awards: Best Color Guard, Best Percussion, Best Music, Best Visual and Best Overall Effect. In addition, the Raiders received the U.S. Army Award of Excellence.

Our photo website ( has extensive collections of fresh pictures of our student musicians in action, including their winning performances at Nationals and previously at the NJ State Championships and the Yamaha Cup competition.

The site contains hundreds of photos and dozens of videos from the past several years of SPFHS music events. We always welcome submissions of pictures and videos of any SPFHS music events — whether from recent days or past years. The site is run by music booster Dan Murphy, with photos contributed by various members of the SPFHS music community.

Now that marching band season is over, we’ll be looking for photos and videos of the many other concerts and performances coming up throughout the school year. Please share yours and help build the archive! Contact Dan at