The NESBA Championships were held recently at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. The Burlington Marching Band's performance marked their fourth and final competition of their 2019 season and it was the third time in the band's history that they have competed at the NESBA Championships. The band placed third in Division 5 with a score of 93.2 - both the highest placement and score in school history. There are six divisions within the NESBA circuit, which correlate to the amount of performers in the band.
In addition to an overall score within each division, the competition also recognized bands for most outstanding music, percussion, color guard, and drum major (student conductors) in each division. Burlington's drum majors - Caroline O’Callaghan and Kaylin Frisaura - won the Most Outstanding Drum Major award for Division 5. This was the first overall win in any category for Burlington at the NESBA Championships.
As part of this year's competition, the Marching Band embraced some new technology in the front ensemble, which contains all of the stationary percussion instruments. Two musicians were given piano keyboards with full synthesizer capability and additional electronics for amplification of all acoustic keyboard percussion instruments, audio mixing, and power conversion from 12-volt truck batteries. The entire system was remotely managed from an iPad in the audience and supported a wireless microphone used by the drum majors/soloists.