11 bands compete Saturday in South Carroll Classic

September 16, 1992|By Kathy Sutphin | Kathy Sutphin,Contributing Writer

High school marching bands from near and far will experience the thrill of competition when they perform Saturday at South Carroll High School's Fifth Annual Cavalier Classic.

Eleven visiting bands will participate in the tournament, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the football stadium adjacent to South Carroll High School on West Liberty Road in Winfield.

The rain-or-shine event will feature halftime shows of eight to 12 minutes each presented by the competing bands, which are grouped in categories based on the number of playing members.

"They don't count percussion or band front [members]," said Cavalier Classic Chairman Kent Eitemiller. Those scheduled at Saturday's tournament include: Group One (up to 35 instrumentalists) -- Fairfield, Calvert, Lansdowne, Northern Garrett, and Southern; Group Three (56 to 80) -- Walkersville, Liberty, and North Carroll; and Group Four (81 and over) -- Linganore, Westminster and Jefferson.

Mr. Eitemiller said no Group Two bands (36 to 55 instrumentalists) will participate.

Scoring is based on a 100-point system, with trophies going to the bands in each category judged to have the best music, marching and maneuvering, band front, percussion and drum major. The top honor is Best Overall Band.

"At the end, South Carroll High School will perform and be judged, but we don't take any of the trophies," said Mr. Eitemiller. "Win or lose, every band who participates -- with all the hard work they put into it -- is a winner."

Band competitions offer high school band members the opportunity to show their skills to the public, said Band Booster President Pat Reisner. "It's a wonderful showcase of young people's talents."

Tickets to the Cavalier Classic -- $5 for adults and $2 for students -- may be purchased at the gate or in advance by calling Mr. Eitemiller at 795-5115.

Texas chili, pit beef, ice cream, home-baked goods and a variety of other foods will be available at the concession stand. Proceeds from ticket and food sales benefit the South Carroll Band Boosters.

The Cavalier Classic is one of many fund-raisers that the South Carroll Band Boosters sponsor to finance the organization's $45,000 annual budget, Mrs. Reisner said.

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