Bands Say They Feel Privileged To Perform

November 13, 1991|By Staff report

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."

The Cavaliers have not appeared at the championships since 1987, he said. The invitation was based on their performance at the chapters Nov. 2, where they placed second to Liberty.

"The event was everything I wanted it tobe for the kids and for myself," said Collins. "The stadium was great, the judges were complimentary and our band performed well."

TheWestminster Owls, seeded 19th after chapters competition, scored a season-high 87.9 and placed 16th in Group IV on Sunday.

The band won 17.95 points, out of 20, in music execution.

Director Jeff Rogers called the performance "a great way to end a great season."

"It was fun," said Angie Markle, senior, who is band president and percussion captain. "We didn't have to worry about winning. We could just relax and have a good time with the music."

Another senior, Daniel Herlocker, trumpet captain and soloist, said he was glad his last competition produced the band's "highest-ever score."

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