Three-Peat - La Salle Crowned Best of Bands
La Salle won the Cavalcade of Bands Jazz Championship for the fourth time in five years.
The "Competition Band" at La Salle College High School received a rating of "Superior With Honors" and was awarded First Place at the Cavalcade of Bands Jazz Championship held on Saturday evening, April 29, 2017 at Upper Moreland High School. Over 100 bands participated in Cavalcade of Bands competitions throughout the year and over sixty jazz bands from throughout the Delaware Valley competed during championship weekend. La Salle "bested the best" in a division that included Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy (NJ), Upper Moreland High School, Lower Merion High School, Shawnee High School (NJ), and North Penn High School. It was the third consecutive year and fourth time in the last five years that La Salle captured the prestigious honor. La Salle won "Best Trombone Section" and "Best Saxophone Section" as well as "Best Sight-Reading." In addition, Joe Marino '17 was recognized with one of the five "Best Soloist" awards. The Competition Band is directed by Mr. Joseph Vettori.
For the first time in school history, La Salle had two bands compete in the Duke Ellington Division, which is limited to the top bands in the area. La Salle's "Lab Band 1," under the direction of Dennis Wasko, received a rating of "Outstanding" while competing in the same division as the "Competition Band." A third band from La Salle, "Lab Band 2," which is also directed by Dennis Wasko, competed in the Woody Herman Division on Friday evening, April 28, 2017 at Chichester High School. Dennis Wasko was recognized on Saturday evening as "Band Director of the Year." La Salle College High School finished the year with two of the Top Ten Bands in the Delaware Valley with the Competition Band being ranked No. 1.
Founded in 1958, the Cavalcade of Bands Association, Inc. presents and showcases growing band programs. Membership in the Cavalcade of Bands continues to attract schools from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and New York as currently well over one hundred schools actively participate in various contests and performing opportunities each year, culminating with the Jazz Championships in April.