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Bands Strut Their Stuff at Opener

The air was filled with music Saturday evening for the 21st edition of the Celebration of Sound, Brien McMahon High School's marching band extravaganza and the opening of competition in the Musical Arts Conference 2010 season.

Far more than just sound was celebrated for nearly five hours, however. There was food to satisfy the appetites of the hungry musicians. There were cheers from the stands, packed with parents and friends. And there was a celebration of future musical greatness, when bands from Roton and Ponus middle schools joined with the McMahon band to perform "America the Beautiful" after the intermission.

Despite the opening night nerves from some, the young musicians for the most part performed like seasoned pros, each unit seemingly upping its game to match or surpass the show before it.

At the end of the night, Norwalk High finished second, behind Trumbull, which was declared the best of the large bands, but it gets only a week to bask in its glory. Next Saturday, the whole process is repeated on the Golden Eagles' home field, and then on succeeding Saturdays until November.

But Saturday night, as the sun set on Jack Casagrande Field, the air was filled not just with music, but with the hopes and dreams that go with the start of any season, athletic, scholastic or musical.

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