Lancer Band Achieves Victory and High Scores in ‘22 Season


Courtesy of LRHS Yearbook

The Lakeland Lancer band plays their hardest in the 2022 homecoming game.

The Lancer Band leaves with a sense of triumph as the 2022 fall season comes to a conclusion.

During the season, the Lakeland Regional High School band competed in four competitions, and placed first in Bergenfield. Moreover, they dominated their rivals West Milford in a game playing “Hey Baby,” and enjoyed unforgettable moments, such as the campfire at band camp.

Ever since COVID-19, the band has undergone changes and challenges. However, that didn’t stop them from making a full comeback. Loss of rehearsals and practices became obstacles for the band, making it difficult to practice and improve. As of 2021, the Lakeland band scored a 72 during an event. But the Lancers did not peak here; this previous score was brought up to a 76 as of this year, truly showing the recovery undergone by individual players and the group as a whole. Additionally, it shows the true determination and dedication of the band.

The Lakeland band prepares for a half-time show. (Courtesy of LRHS Yearbook)

Such a recovery would not have been possible without the full support of the band, as well as separate individuals going out of their way to make this possible. Director Matthew Testa mentions the “continued support from upperclassmen and band parents,” as well as the “bright future” in store.

The Lakeland band sees a future competing in the US Bands Organization, as well as many field shows and competitions to follow. The band has proved their improvement and outstanding comebacks from previous years, and will continue to do so in the next upcoming seasons.