Band performers work to maintain lofty stature SOUTHWEST -- Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield


February 26, 1993|By KATHY SUTPHIN

"Shoulders back, heads high and eyes with pride," has been the battle cry for nearly 20 young women who earned places at the front of South Carroll High School's Marching Band.

Using eye-catching flags, mock guns and towering carousels, the South Carroll Band Front was named champion in 1991 and 1992 of Chapter 13, a region made up of Carroll, Western Maryland and parts of West Virginia.

"I don't ever recall a band front [at South Carroll] experiencing the success of ours," said band director Bradley Collins, a former South Carroll band member.

"In the past two years, with the addition of Aimee Sabourin, who is a flag instructor, our twirling routines have become extremely advanced, as well as the drill designs, which were written by [assistant director] Larry Dick," Mr. Collins said.

He said the purpose of a band front is to "accentuate the properties of music such as dynamics, attacks and musical phrases. Those are the things I hope the band front can do as well as providing the visual enhancement. That's when we've hit the mark."

South Carroll's band front is loosing 10 graduating members in June -- many who came into the group as ninth-graders, Mr. Collins said.

"We are trying to recruit that type of class," he said, and would like to increase the size of the group to 30 or more.

"Now we need a host of students to try out and become a part of our band front," he said.

The requirements include "the desire to do well and to make a contribution to the band," said Mr. Collins.

He said many students have participated in gymnastics, dance or twirling groups. "This is an extension of that."

South Carroll's band front practices weekly and attends a camp in August to master the season's halftime show.

The Marching Cavaliers' demanding fall schedule includes performances at home football games, parades and various band competitions.

The activity is a half-credit course offered each fall.

"It's a lot of hard work, but in the long run it's been worth it because of the feeling when we won the different types of awards for band front," said Erin Etzler, a senior.

Said senior Shannon Wilder, "It gives you something to be proud of, and it's fun. You make a lot of friends."

Added Leslie Hitchins, also a senior, "In the end, you have the best friends of your life and a lot of trophies."

The band front is open to any student, Mr. Collins said. Practices run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, and interested students are invited to "just show up."


Tickets are still available for Sunday's appearance of the Hubcaps, sponsored by the South Carroll Band Boosters.

The rock 'n' roll runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers (formerly Friendly Farm Restaurant) on Route 140 in Westminster. Proceeds from the fund-raiser will benefit the school's bands.

Admission is $20 per person, which includes beer and sodas. Food and a cash bar for other drinks will be available. Tickets must be reserved in advance by calling (410) 875-2750 and may be picked up at the door.


Congratulations to the following top responders at the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company for the month of January.

Top responders to last month's 69 ambulance calls were: Becky Brown, Brian Kaplan and Jeff McKinney, 22; Bruce Walz, 20; Jim Crum, 19; William Lawton, 17; Mike Pappas, 13; Eleanor Barritt, 12; Tammy Fossett, Charles Hamilton, Gary Hubble, Charles Kline and Ann Ward, 10.

Heading the list of responders to January's 47 fire calls were: Jimmy Linton, 39; Doug Alexander, 26; Jim Crum and Mike Pappas, 25; Charles Hamilton and Dale Lowman, 23; Gene Mellin and Kenny Stull, 22; David Eaves and Tom Kipe, 21; Susan Hubble, Jeff McKinney and Bruce Walz, 19.

Jim Crum, Jeff McKinney, Bruce Walz, Mike Pappas and Charles Hamilton get double kudos for being on both lists.


Fans of the breakfast extravaganzas presented by the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company will have to wait until April 18 for the next Sunday morning feast.

The event planned last Sunday was canceled because of snow and will not be rescheduled. The good cooks of the fire company are preparing for the first Turkey, Ham and Oyster of 1993, to be held at noon on March 7 at the Firemen's Activities Building at Route 27 and Twin Arch Road.

Tickets to the family style fund-raiser will be sold at the door -- $9 for adults, $4.50 for children age 5 to 12, and free for the 4 and under. Carry-out will be 50 cents extra.

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