In a ceremony at the February 13, 2024 Township Council Meeting, Mayor Lisa Crate honored the Brick Township High School March Dragons for their exceptional competition season during which they captured the New Jersey State Championship.
“Winning a state championship is an incredible achievement, whether that is on a football field, a wrestling mat, a bowling alley or as a marching band. The Marching Dragons showed an extraordinary amount of dedication, commitment, discipline, skill and musicianship this past season,” said Mayor Crate. “Their achievements are a testament to that hard work and it is my honor to recognize them for their well-deserved and well-earned success.”
Mayor Crate proclaimed Thursday, February 15, 2024 as Brick Township High School Marching Dragons Day in the Township of Brick and presented an official proclamation to Band Director Christian Negri at the meeting.
This past season, the Marching Dragons had an undefeated regular season, placing first in every competition they were in. They won the New Jersey Tournament of Bands Region 7 Championship, the New Jersey Tournament of Bands State Championship and finished second place at the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championship, earning the highest score in the school’s history.
“As a member of my high school’s color guard, I am familiar with how much practice and hard work goes into being in the marching band. I also know that I cherish each moment I spent with my friends in the band back then and the memories I made,” said Mayor Crate. “I commend each member of the Marching Dragons and wish them all continued success!”
TEXT OF PROCLAMATION
BRICK TOWNSHIP HICH SHOOL MARCHING DRAGONS DAY
February 15th 2024
WHEREAS, the Brick Township High School March Dragons is one of the most accomplished units in the State of New Jersey and had one of its most successful competition seasons ever in 2023; and
WHEREAS, under the dedicated and enthusiastic leadership of Band Director Christian Negri, the Marching Dragons had an undefeated regular season, placing first in every competition they participated in; and
WHEREAS, the Marching Dragons captured the New Jersey Tournament of Bands Region 7 Championship, the New Jersey State Championship and finished second in the TOB Atlantic Coast Championship Competition, earning the highest score in the school’s history; and
WHEREAS, these achievements were the result of an extraordinary amount of hard work, dedication and commitment as well as countless hours of practice by the exceptional members of the band; and
WHEREAS, the members of the 2023 New Jersey State Champion Marching Dragons are Riley Allen, Morgandy Allen, Shay Attiko, Jasline Avila, Daniel Burns, Colin Burns, Collin Casella, Ivan Cintron, Frankie Civitano, Christian Combs, Jason Corona, Joseph Curcio, Peter D’Esposito, Isabella Delgado, Regina Gardner, Addison Gerhard, Karlos Gordillo, Lily Graziano, Hayden Jackson, Mason Jacobs, Liam Jubak, Andrew Kaminski, Emily Kozemcheck, Marlen Martinez, Alex Martinez, Richard Matlock, Cayden Mazzarisi, Emily Moreno, Scotlan Norman, Molly O’Brien, Sarah Olski, Marco Pellosie, Jacob Rios, Karla Ritter, Lola Rubino, Nicholas San Jose, Christopher Todd, Alexa Wachendorf, Jake Ward and Mariana Wharff.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, LISA CRATE, Mayor of the Township of Brick, in the County of Ocean, in the State of New Jersey, in honor of their outstanding competition season during which they won the New Jersey State Championship, do hereby proclaim Thursday, February 15, 2024 to be Brick Township High School Marching Dragons Day in the Township of Brick and I call upon all citizens to join me in congratulating Band Director Christian Negri, the band members and all of the supporting staff and volunteers on all of their outstanding accomplishments this season.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I hereby affix my signature on the thirteenth day of February 2024.
Mayor Lisa Crate