The Hasbrouck Heights High School marching band is hard at work preparing for a new season of games, competition and events.
About two weeks before school begins the marching band members spend an entire week at Hitchcock Field at the high school attending band camp. They spend each day working with school music director Joe Ascolese and band choreographer Mike Copollo who writes the routines for the band each year.
High school senior Chris Jackson is drum major this year. Jackson says he's played saxophone in the band since he was in sixth grade. He is excited for this year and believes the band is going to have a really good show.
The band is working on a lot of Beatles songs in this year including "Lady Madonna," a "Blackbird/Yesterday" medley and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heartclub Band."
The first home game of the season will be Friday, Sept. 7 against Glen Rock. Jackson says there will also be taking part in a competition in Bergenfield this October. As the marching band does every year, it will perform in the borough's annual holiday parade traditionally held the Friday after Thanksgiving.