Sayreville Marching Band Plays On Amid Hazing Scandal, Wins Championship

Even with the remainder of Sayreville War Memorial High School's football season canceled amid a hazing scandal, its marching band has been playing on and winning competitions. 

The band won the Tournament of Band New Jersey State Championship in its class in Toms River Saturday.

The competition featured 25 of the state's best marching bands, and Sayreville beat neighboring Metuchen High School by seven-tenths of a point to win the the title. 

Sayreville's football team has been mired in a hazing scandal this fall that's resulted in the arrests of seven players, the suspension of its coaches and the cancellation of the season.  

The case has put a spotlight on the town, known for its successful football program and for being the hometown of singer Jon Bon Jovi, and the way that school districts handle hazing and bullying allegations.

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