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Super Bowl: Historic Performance of the Marching Band from Elizabeth High School

Super Bowl XLVIII takes place this Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Super Bowl is only two days away and the Elizabeth High School marching band is getting ready to perform in the pre-game show at 2 p.m.

New Jersey has received the honor of the Super Bowl. If you don't know about the Garden State, let's refresh your memory very quickly: Thomas Edison. A New Jersey guy. He invented the first long-lasting and practical electric light bulb that will help you see what you look like now, wiseguy. The astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the poet William Carlos Williams, the suffragist Alice Paul, the singer Sarah Vaughan, the actor Jack Nicholson. Bud Abbott, from Asbury Park. And Lou Costello, from Paterson. Now, who’s on first? Bruce Springsteen. A singer. Ever hear of him? Freehold.

In its 37-year history, the highly decorated Elizabeth High School band has won 23 championships in four competitive circuits since the band’s inception in 1977. The 147-member band finished their 2013 undefeated season by winning the US Bands Group 5A National Championship, as well as the US Bands Group 5A State Championship.

During its 10-minute performance at the big game (Broncos vs. Seahawks), the band will be playing some familiar tunes, but the National Football League has requested it to learn three new pieces: the Vince Lombardi Trophy Overture, the Vince Lombardi Trophy Procession and the NFL’s Thursday night game theme.

The band already had a sort of rehearsal on Tuesday when it performed during Media Day at the Prudential Center in Newark, where press from around the world gathered and reported about it.

Students as well as administrators, and the Elizabeth City community are excited about the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The EHS marching band is receiving a lot of national media attention. We just hope this is a good occasion it gets invited to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City or other events of that stature.

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