Neither rain, snow nor strong winds deterred two county high school bands from performing at the Atlantic Coast Championships over the weekend.
Liberty High School, drenched by the constant downpour Saturday, finished sixth overall in Group II, with a score of 91.1.
"I couldn't be more pleased," said director Steve Miles. "It's the highest score any Carroll band has gotten in the five years I have been here. Maybe it's the highest ever."
Miles also had high praise for the professionalism his band displayed.
"They were drenched by the heavy rain before they even got on the field," he added. "They all stayed to watch the other bands in their group perform, too."
Next up for the Lions will be a performance at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Ga., in December, followed by a parade performance at Disney World. The band will be outfitted in new uniforms, which should arrive by Thanksgiving.
Miles said the band and its boosters have raised about $40,000 toward the cost of the trip and need another $10,000.
"The community has been supportive of all our fund-raising efforts so far and we really appreciate it."
Snow flurries, blustery wind and bitter cold had replaced the rain by the time Francis Scott Key took to the field early Sunday. Despite the weather, the Eagles scored 72.45.
"Just performing at the show was reward enough for the season of hard work," said director Dennis K. Davis. "My kids learned a lot of life lessons along with their music this year and had a good time."
Davis said he looks on the tournament as a "stepping stone" and hopes that FSK will do as well as Liberty in future championships.
"We were seeded 26th or last in Group I," he said. "Liberty was 25th two years ago and look how far they have come."