BALTIMORE — The Liberty High School Marching Band became the first Maryland bandto capture state titles in three different groups when it took firstin the Group III competition Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
In previous Maryland State High School Band championships, the Lions won the Group I title in 1987 and Group II in 1988 and 1990. In 1989, they finished a close second to Old Mill of Anne Arundel County.
Their four titles tie the Lions with North Hagerstown, which claims the most wins during the six years of state competitions. The Group IV Washington County marchers again took first overall in the 39-band competition.
Liberty, competing with 12 other bands in Group III, scored 88.45, more than five points ahead of second place Middletown of Frederick County. North Carroll took seventh in the group, witha 79.55.
The Lions also received specialty awards for best music and best percussion. Meanwhile, Westminster band director Jeff Rogerssaid he was unsure how the Owl Marching Band would fare in Group IV competition against perennial winners like North and South Hagerstown.
During Saturday's competition at Memorial Stadium, he said he was impressed with his marchers' performance, which earned them 84.50 points and fourth place among the seven competitors in the group.
"I was impressed with the students' efforts," he said. "They may have been disappointed with the outcome, but their performance and effort were not a disappointment. They have shown steady improvement all season, and Saturday was no exception."
The Owls also received best score in Group IV for music execution and a fine performance by the band front.
The band will take a break from competition this week tomarch in the annual Westminster High School Homecoming Parade on Thursday down the city's Main Street. They also will perform Friday at the homecoming game against Liberty.
The next competition will be the Chapter 13 Championships on Nov. 2 in Hagerstown.