BALTIMORE - Liberty High won its third state title in four years at the Freestate Spectacular V Maryland State Championships Oct. 20 at Memorial Stadium.
The competition for high school marching bands saw Liberty finish with a score of 81.60, a score surpassed by only four other bands in the entire program.
In Group 2 (35-55 musicians), Liberty bested last year's winner, Old Mill of Anne Arundel County, which received a score of 79. Liberty received the best music and percussion awards, while Old Mill took best drum major and band front awards.
Francis Scott Key, appearing as the first band in Group 1 (less than 35 musicians), finished fourth, with a score of 55.65.
Group 3 (55-75 musicians) was the largest and most competitive division, with 15 bands. Westminster finished sixth, with a score of 69; South Carroll was seventh, at 66.65; and North Carroll was 10th, at 61.35.
The next major contest for the five county high school bands will be the Chapter 13 TOB championships at 4 p.m. Nov. 3 at WHS.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and students and can be purchased at participating high schools, Stu's Music, Coffey Music, Scharon's Black Eagle or at the gate.