Warwick School District

Marching Band wins Cavalcade of Bands State Championship

For the first time in 14 years our Marching Band won the Cavalcade State Championship this past Saturday!

“It’s indescribable really… it’s just a surreal feeling” - Jack Haugh, Brass Captain and Band President.

Throughout this Marching Band season, our band has consistently received high marks and honors at each of their band competitions and the state championship was no different. 

Our marching band is comprised of 85 students in grades 8th-12th. Additionally, we have roughly 10 ‘runners’ who are students in grades 6th-7th who help maneuver things and get the band ready to go.

The band is directed by Matt Tenaglia, the Warwick High School and Middle School Band Director. The band is under the student leadership of Drum Major Hayden Milchanowski, Wind Captain Maggie Turner, Brass Captain Jack Haught, and Color Guard Captain Rose Grisbacher.

“It was so rewarding to see everyone’s hard work come together to [create] such an incredible product … and just to know that the hard work and time spent preparing for the show paid off.” - Maggie Turner, Wind Captain.

The band competed in the Yankee Open Division. There are two Yankee Classes, ‘A’ and ‘Open.’ The purpose of the two classes is to even the playing field. As defined on the Cavalcade website, A class is for groups who are new to marching band competitions, may have limited resources, and/or are in a growing or rebuilding phase whereas the Open class is for more defined bands who compete following ‘traditional’ marching band scoring and guidelines.

In the Yankee Class there were a total of 13 bands competing, eight in the A Class and five in the Open Class. Our band scored a 94.25, which was the highest score of the evening in their division. They also won Best Color Guard, Best Overall Effect, Best Visual and Best Music.

“Everyone this year did a really good job. We hit it hard the first day of band and our band camp weeks were so good … Our show was pretty amped up this year.” - Hayden Milchanowski, Drum Major.

This is the first time in a long time that our color guard has been awarded Best Color Guard, which made this experience all the better!

“It’s really great to finally win and it’s so exciting to be a part of this and knowing that I helped us get there.” - Rose Grisbacher, Color Guard Captain.

The program this year was entitled, “Reframed.” Our band played an arrangement of Pictures at an Exhibition. 

“I am beyond proud of the work these kids have displayed this year, the growth they’ve achieved, and their 100% complete buy-in of the pursuit of excellence!” - Matt Tenaglia, Band Director.

Unbelievable job to our Marching Band. What a great and well deserved accomplishment for everyone involved!


The celebratory community parade for the marching band has been postponed due to weather. It has been rescheduled for Monday, November 21st at 5:00PM.