The Norwalk High School Marching Band stepped its way to victory Saturday in Bridgeport, claiming the 2013 Musical Arts Conference National Class Championship.
Chris Rivera, Director of Bands at Norwalk High School said, "These kids really committed 110%. It's not easy to give up as much time in their social lives and other things that they do, but they gave it up because they know the rewards that they're going to get."
No stranger to triumph, the Marching Bears took home 5 additional trophies during the conference.
Senior Kevin Garrish, the band's Drum Major said,"It was absolutely unreal. The experience was just out of this world. Just going out on top my senior year, it was just awesome. I loved it."
Senior Sophie Swallow, clarinet player in the band said,"Just pure excitment. It was a roller coaster of emotions. At first I was really upset because I've been here for four years and this was finally the last pit stop. At the end it was just pure happiness and euphoria and just amazing to hear our names in first place."
With countless hours of practice under their belts, months of hard work would come down to just 8 minutes on the field.
Lynna Bray, a junior Color Guard in the band said, "When we won, it was just fantastic because it really showed the work that 150 students, the countless staff and all of the chaperones put in really worked out."
Rivera, who is a Norwalk High School and Marching Band Alumni added, "It's humbling. I remember being a student here and winning championships and in the back of my mind I always thought it'd be great to teach a band someday and win a championship. It's very rewarding to be able to come back and give back to the school."
From band camp to the championship, band members say the marching band is more like a second family.
Swallow added, "I basically consider Andrew's Field and the band room my second home and I really have made a lot of friendships here."
As advice to underclassmen and incoming band members, Garrish said, "It just goes by in the blink of an eye and if you don't cherish it, and make the friendships and do all of that now, you'll regret it."