Battle of the school bands brings out competitors' best Liberty High wins honors CARROLL COUNTY EDUCATION

September 20, 1993|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

In the first major band competition of the season that brought all five Carroll County high schools together, the Liberty High School Lions Pride Marching Band swept the Group III honors in five categories Saturday night.

The 58 musicians and 12-member color guard, led by drum major Beth Redifer, took the top spot at the South Carroll High School Cavalier Classic Tournament of Bands for best band front, music, percussion, drum major and marching and maneuvering.

The group's repertoire was "A Holsinger Portrait," a medley by David R. Holsinger that included "Niles Dance," "Rondo," "On the Grand Prairie Texas" and "Ballet Sacra."

Liberty's score of 79.55 earned it first place for Group III (56 to 80 musicians) and was the second-highest score of the night behind the Big Green Machine from Carlisle, Pa., a Group IV band (81 or more musicians).

Other Group III finishers were Middletown, which finished second; Walkersville, which placed third; and North Carroll, which came in fourth with a score of 67.35.

The most poignant moment of the evening came when the North Carroll High School Panthers accepted their trophy and announcer Dennis Beard told them, "North Carroll, I'm sure Eugene Bochniak is watching you tonight and is very proud of you, and we are too."

Mr. Bochniak, who was the Panthers band director for five years, died during the summer. The 60 musicians, 15 color guards and two drum majors are now under the leadership of John DeGolia.

The Francis Scott Key Eagles placed third with a score of 67.25 in Group I (35 or fewer musicians), behind first-place Northern Garrett, which took all five categories, and second-place Lansdowne. The Musselman High School Applemen Marching Band from Bunker Hill, W.Va., placed fourth.

The Westminster High School Owls took third place in Group IV bands with a score of 69. Other finishers were South Hagerstown, second, and Linganore, fourth.

The Best Overall Band, the 225-member Carlisle High School Big Green Machine, drew appreciative applause from the crowd for its rendition of a series of Irish songs. The band scored 84.40.

"Carlisle was really a coup for us, it was a big draw to show the people," said Pat Reisner, South Carroll's Band Booster president. "Carlisle rarely comes out of their chapter, but they wanted to come here."

Other finishers in the competition were LaPlata, first place, and Southern Garrett, second, in the Group II division (36 to 55 musicians).

Mrs. Reisner estimated that 1,200 to 1,500 people attended the 15-band performance and snapped up a variety of foods and souvenirs sold by the Band Boosters.

South Carroll High School, also a Group III band, ended the competition with an exhibition-only performance as the host band.

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