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Shawnee High School Marching Band Wins State Championship & Atlantic Coast Championship

This is the first time in Shawnee’s history the band won the Atlantic Coast Championship.

Band Group Picture: The Shawnee Marching Band celebrates their state championship Photo Credit: Pam Czekay

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Medford, NJ – Shawnee High School is proud to congratulate the Shawnee Marching Band on winning the Group 2A State Championship and advancing and winning the Atlantic Coast Championship.

On Sunday, October 24, the Shawnee Marching Band competed in the Tournament of Bands Regional Championships at Kingsway Regional High School.

The band won 1st place in Group 2A with a score of 93.32 and also won all Caption awards (Best Music, Best Visual, Best Auxiliary, and Best Percussion) for their group.

This qualified the band to compete at Cherokee High School on Saturday, October 24 at the Tournament of Bands New Jersey State Championships.

The band won first place and won all Caption awards (Best Music, Best Visual, Best Percussion, and Best Auxiliary).

Then on Sunday, October 31, the band took part in the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championships at Central Dauphin Middle School in Harrisburg, PA.

Shawnee competed against nine other schools from all over the east coast, and took 1st place with a score of 94.91, and won the Caption award for Best Music.

Group 2A Championship Banner: Pictured L to R: Lily Kent (Drum Major), Leah Lentz (Color Guard Captain), Bryan McNaughton (Drum Major), and Director Pam Czekay (Photo courtesy: Pam Czekay)

This is the first time in Shawnee’s history the band won the Atlantic Coast Championship.

Pam Czekay, in her first year as Marching Band Director, said “I could not be prouder of our student band members and our marching band staff. We began the season with half of our students never having marched a show before due to the pandemic. The dedication of time and effort that our band put into learning and performing a show allowed us to be incredibly successful. Thank you to our supportive band parents and administration. We appreciate all that you do for our program.”


The Lenape Regional High School District’s four high schools – Lenape, Shawnee, Cherokee, and Seneca – as well as the Sequoia Alternative Program, educate approximately 6,850 students from eight communities in Burlington County.

The communities served include Evesham, Medford, Medford Lakes, Mount Laurel, Shamong, Southampton, Tabernacle, and Woodland.

The Lenape Regional District is among the highest-achieving districts in the state, with an average graduation rate of 97.4% and an average combined SAT score of 1139.

 A leader in progressive education, the LRHSD’s mission is to develop physically and emotionally healthy students who excel in an ever-changing world.