Raider marching band finishes first and second in competitions


November 06, 1996|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE ATHOLTON High School Raider marching band, directed by Lee Stevens, placed second in its division Saturday at the Tournament of Bands Chapter Championship at Westminster High School.

The band's overall score of 95.5 was the highest Atholton has ever earned. It was three-tenths of a point behind the division winner, Allegany High School.

Atholton tied for first place with Allegany in the music category.

"We competed against some awesome bands," noted parent and supporter Gisela Cooke.

The weekend before, Atholton's band placed first in overall performance against 15 other bands at a tournament in Union Bridge.

It also received trophies for best music and best drum major in its division.

On Oct. 12, the band took the lead in its group at a competition in Mount Vernon, Va., earning trophies for best percussion, best music and best drum major. The band placed second in the color guard category.

The final competition of the season, the Atlantic Coast Championships, will be held Sunday in Scranton, Pa. Atholton's band will be one of 150 competing.

"The whole show they have is so great," Cooke said. "We'll see what happens this weekend. The kids are excited. We're hoping we can keep it up."

The volunteers assisting the band are: arranger/instructor Gary Dailey;percussion arrangers/instructors Mike Blackman and Doug Jones; wind specialists/instructors Nick Ellis and Charlene Critcher;and drill designer/instructor Grant McDaniel.

The volunteer color guard instructors are Carrie Rogan and Darrick Betro.

On the field, the group is directed by drum majors Steve Pieper and Lauren Roth. The color guard captains are Marisa Higdon and Christina Yoo.

Among the many parent supporters are Debbie Fazi and Donna Michaels, who are responsible for the uniforms; Ron Pieper, who made the cutouts and toys used in the program; and Mike Barth, who serves as Booster president and truck driver.

Support is also provided by Barbara King, instructional facilitator for music.

Rotary welcomes athletes

Three teen-age athletes were guests of the Columbia Town Center Rotary Club at its annual sports luncheon Oct. 29.

The teen-agers -- Kyle Archard, Tiffany Brooks and Wayne Slifker -- participate in the Howard County Special Olympics program.

Wayne, a 16-year-old Ellicott City resident, has won four gold medals for aquatics, a silver medal for bowling and a bronze for basketball in competitions.

In her first year of Special Olympics competition, Tiffany, 17, won one silver and two bronze medals for aquatics at the state level. She also received the 1996 Summer Games Good Sportsmanship Award.

Kyle, 14, has won four gold medals for aquatics, one gold medal for soccer and a bronze medal for basketball.

New projects on agenda

Two construction projects will be on the agenda for the River Hill Village Board meeting at 8 p.m. Monday in the village meeting room. The public is invited.

Roberts to teach dance

Tim Roberts, a dancer, choreographer and aerobics champion, will conduct "Street Jam" at 6: 30 p.m. Friday at Kahler Hall.

The dance class is the final session in a weeklong Jazzercise open house.

The fee for the class is $10. For reservations, call 997-7268.

Pub Date: 11/06/96

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