After facing the stiffest competition of the season, three county marching bands called themselves privileged to perform in the Atlantic Coast Championships Saturday and Sunday in Scranton, Pa."It's enough to get there," said Steve Miles, Liberty's band director. "With the high level of competition, everyone who goes is a winner."For the first time, the Lions competed in Group III, along with 25 other bands. In previous years, the band has competed in Group II, for smaller bands.
Miles said he was pleased with their final score, 94.75, calling it the highest any county band has ever achieved. The score earned them sixth place.
The Lions also placed third in music analysis, determined by the difficulty of the music they played.
The brass section took secondplace, missing first by .1 point, he said. The woodwinds scored first in the group.
Also competing in Group III were the South CarrollCavaliers, who scored 84.15 and placed 23rd.
"The placement didn't bother me," said Brad Collins, director. "I wanted the kids to feelhappy they qualified to compete on that level."