Westminster, North Carroll bands give final competition performances Key, S. Carroll hope to make next round

November 08, 1993|By Ellie Baublitz and Lisa Respers | Ellie Baublitz and Lisa Respers,Contributing Writers

The five Carroll County high school marching bands took the field Saturday night in what for many would be their last competition of the season.

It was the final performance for Westminster and North Carroll, which placed fifth and seventh, respectively, in their divisions at the Chapter XIII Tournament of Bands at South Carroll High School.

Francis Scott Key and South Carroll, both of which took second place in their respective groups, are hoping their scores were high enough to qualify them for the Atlantic Coast Championships next weekend in Scranton, Pa.

Liberty High School received an automatic invitation to the contest because it took first place in its division for the sixth consecutive year.

The first-place winners in each group from the Tournament of Bands' 13 chapters go on to the ACC contests. The next-highest scoring 12 bands from each group also receive invitations, which are to be issued today.

No matter where the bands finished, the directors, instructors and band boosters said that they were proud of their youngsters.

"I'm real pleased with the progress the kids have made this year," said Les Douglas, one of the Westminster Owls' two directors. "The kids are proud of what they did, and they should have been."

The Owls placed fifth out of six Group IV bands, but their score of 83.8 was a sharp improvement over the 69 score they received at their first competition Sept. 18.

The North Carroll Panthers placed last in Group III with their highest score of the season, 78.95.

After the Panthers' band director Eugene Bochniak died in July after a lengthy illness, competition this season was in question for a time.

"At that point, we didn't even know if we were going to have a marching season," said Sharon Smith, North Carroll's Band Boosters president.

"I think they did an excellent job for all they've been through. They pulled together and supported each other in the end," she said.

The Francis Scott Key Eagles placed second among the six Group I bands, scoring 81.65 and taking the best music and best band front awards. Northern Garrett, from Accident, was Group I champion, with a score of 82.

"I'm just super proud of my crowd," said Dennis Davis, Eagles band director. "They've worked hard, and I think they got what they deserved."

The band's score gives it "a real good chance" of going to Scranton, he said.

Bryan Eber, Liberty band director, said he was thrilled with the band's first place and its sweep of the best percussion, music and marching awards.

"It was a very exciting performance," he said.

The band's scores this season have ranged from 79.55 to Saturday night's 93.4.

"It's all due to dedication -- dedicated staff, students and parents," Mr. Eber said.

The South Carroll Cavaliers' scores have improved from 78.7 to 90.65. They won the best band front award Saturday night.

"I'd like to congratulate our band front members," said band director Brad Collins. "This is their third consecutive year winning, and that says a lot, especially in Division III.

"As far as our overall performance, I thought it was the best performance all year," he said.

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