South Carroll High clears field for marching bands Schools to compete in regional contest

November 05, 1993|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

All five Carroll County high schools will strut their stuff tomorrow, along with 18 other high schools from Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, at the annual Chapter XIII Tournament of Bands championships at South Carroll High School.

The event will open at 2:45 p.m. with the playing of the national anthem. Competition begins at 3 p.m.

"This is the first time the chapters have been in the county since 1990, when Westminster [High School] had them," said Diana Hall, publicity chairwoman for the South Carroll High Cavaliers Band Boosters.

The chapters competition is important to the schools, Mrs. Hall said, because the top bands in each of the four size groups are invited to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship, scheduled Nov. 13-14 near Scranton, Pa.

The conference brings together the best 100 bands from nine East Coast states.

Chapter XIII encompasses Maryland from Carroll County westward, a small portion of southwestern Pennsylvania and part of the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.

Tomorrow's competition will feature six bands in Group I (up to 35 musicians), four in Group II (36 to 55 musicians), seven in Group III (56 to 80 musicians) and six in Group IV (81 or more musicians).

"We have some great bands, especially in Group IV," Mrs. Hall said. "We have Keyser, West Virginia, which is fabulous, and North and South Hagerstown."

Here are some statistics on the Carroll bands, with the approximate time they are scheduled to perform:

* Francis Scott Key Eagles, Group I, 4 p.m. The band has 32 musicians, seven band front, or color guard, and one drum major who leads the band.

* South Carroll Cavaliers, Group III, 7:15 p.m. The band has 80 musicians, 16 band front and three drum majors.

* North Carroll Panthers, Group III, 8 p.m. The band has 56 musicians, 14 band front and one drum major.

* Liberty Lions Pride, Group III, 8:30 p.m. The band has 58 musicians, 12 band front and one drum major.

* Westminster Owls, Group IV, 9:45 p.m. The band has 103 musicians, 34 band front and one drum major.

To accommodate the several thousand spectators who are expected, Mrs. Hall said, the Group I and II awards ceremonies will be held at 5:45 p.m., so participants can leave then if they wish.

The Group III and IV competition is after that, with awards scheduled at 10:15 p.m.

"It's going to be a very entertaining day," she said.

The show will go on, rain or shine, unless there's a violenelectrical storm, Mrs. Hall said.

Tickets to the competition are $7 for adults, and $3 for studentand senior citizens.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the five high schools, oat the gate.

South Carroll High School is at 1300 W. Old Liberty Road iWinfield.

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