Music was in the air and pomp and circumstance were the order of a festive evening Sept. 28 at New Milford High School.

The New Milford High School marching band and color guard played host that day to the 10th annual USBands home competition.

The annual event took place under the lights at the school's stadium field.

USBands, formerly known as the USSBA, is the umbrella organization dedicated to the service of music educators.

According to its website, "it provides opportunities for programs of all levels of achievement to perform, grow and challenge their students."

That evening at NMHS, there was plenty of achievement as David Syzdek's Green Wave marching band and Cheryl Podyma's color guard offered a strong exhibition performance.

NMHS students Jaclyn Mercer and Rebecca Myhill opened the show by singing "The Star Spangled Banner."

The NMHS marching band and color guard's performance featured "Atlantis," with music by Key Poulan, including "The Thriving Metropolis," "An Eerie Calm" and "The Demise of Atlantis."

Also performing were high school marching bands from Bunnell in Stratford, Danbury, East Haven, Brien McMahon in Norwalk, O.H. Platt in Meriden, Masuk in Monroe, Southington and Stamford.

The Central Connecticut State University marching band was on hand to perform an exhibition.

The 100-member Green Wave unit now switches its focus to a busy 2013 competition and concert schedule. For more information, check www.nmhsbandparents.org.

For more photos, visit www.newmilfordspectrum.com.

Photography by Trish Haldin