While the members of Chameleon have grown accustomed to preforming at the NJAJE State Finals, there was a bit more angst than the normal preshow butterflies at West Millford High School on April 27, 2019. After all, the group was defending it’s state title for a monumental 10th-straight year.
The night ended in cheers and trophies, before posing for pictures with the life-size trophy and 10 fingers extended representing the 10-straight championships. Along with Chameleon, NA Big Band came in third place, making it the first time NA’s second band has gotten into the top three.
“One of my favorite moments was the reaction when they announced the non-placing bands in alphabetical order. We knew if Overbrook High School was announced that we were in the top three,” NA Jazz Director Julius Tolentino said. “The excitement and joy the NA Big Band tried to contain knowing they were in the top three was priceless.”