HAGERSTOWN — Liberty High School's Marching Band won its seventh consecutive chapter title at Chapter XIII competition Saturday.
With a score of 93.65, the Lions placed first among the 10 bands competing in Group IIIand qualified for the Atlantic Coast Championships, scheduled for this weekend in Scranton, Pa.
Liberty also won honors for best percussion, best music and best drum major.
The South Carroll Band took second place in the group,with a score of 89.65, and received the award for the best band front. The Cavaliers learned Monday that their score qualified them for aslot at the Atlantic Coast. They will perform 10 a.m. Saturday.
"We consider the invitation a great privilege," said Director Brad Collins. "The kids are so excited."
Also in Group III competition, North Carroll scored 79.70 and finished ninth.
Francis Scott Key, last year's Group I winner, finished fourth in the group with a 71.75.
In Group IV, the Westminster Band placed fourth, scoring 84.25. The Owls also received an invitation to Scranton, where they have been seeded 20th in Group IV and will play Sunday morning.
The Owls will again compete against North Hagerstown, which won its fourth straight championship Saturday with 94.10, best overall score.
ALL STATE AUDITIONS SET
WESTMINSTER -- All-state band auditions will take place at Westminster High over the next two weekends.
Competitors fromthe county's middle and high schools will try for the Junior All-State Band for grades seven through nine from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Musicians will try for the Senior All-State Band from 8:30 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 16.
The school is at 1225 Washington Road. Les Douglas, instructor in the school's instrumental music department, will help with the auditions.