About Us

About Us

The Washington Township High School Minutemen Marching Band is a regionally and nationally recognized band. Under the direction of Mr. Jim Beyer, the band grew to over 225 members in 1997, the same year they achieved a 94.40 at the ACC Championships, a school record that still stands today. Later that season they participated in the 1998 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California and became the first band ever to be decorated in 5,000 live flowers and seeds. Designed by Todd Marcocci, this unique concept and design approach received tremendous support from all major media around the world. The band has also participated in the 1995 and 1997 Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the 2004 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, the 2005 Holiday Bowl in San Diego, California and the 2008 Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida. Since its inception in 1973, the band has placed in the top 10 at the Tournament of Bands (TOB) Atlantic Coast Championships 16 times, and was Chapter One Champions for 16 straight years from 1985 to 2000, winning the Group 3 title from 1985 to 1987 and the Group 4 titles the subsequent 13 years.

In recent years the band has undergone many changes, including becoming a separate ensemble (no longer a required part of the concert band program) and a director change in 2003. In 2004, the Minutemen band became the first South Jersey band to compete in a Bands of America (BOA) Regional at Rutgers University, part of the nation’s top marching circuit. The band competes in class IV Open of the United States Scholastic Band Association (USSBA) and was host to the 2007 USSBA New Jersey State Championships and will also be the host again in 2008. The current director is Joseph Sino.