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Zullo, Carfora laud national champion East Haven High School Co-op Marching Band

EAST HAVEN — State Rep. Joe Zullo, R-East Haven, and Mayor Joe Carfora stopped by East Haven High School Wednesday morning to present an official state citation congratulating the East Haven High School Co-op Marching Band on its recent USBands National Championship.


The band, a perennial power in the high school marching band world, took first place in its class Nov. 2 at the USBands National Championships in Allentown, Pa.


It was the band’s first national championship since 2007, following close on the heels of the band sweeping the USBands New England and Connecticut championships for the third straight year the previous weekend in Stamford.


Appropriately, the Yellowjackets rose to the challenge by scoring a 95.940 out of 100 — the highest score band has ever gotten in competition, senior drum major Brianna Butler and senior tenor saxophone player Sarah Bennett, both 17, have said.


The 51-member co-op band, which competes in the Group IIA classification, includes 10 members from North Branford High School. The classifications are based on the number of students in the band.



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