Liberty High band is tops in regional competition


November 04, 1997|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PRACTICE MAKES perfect. That's what the Liberty High School Lion's Pride Marching Band proved with its winning performance at a regional championship in Hagerstown over the weekend.

The 79-member band overcame nerves and horrendous field conditions on the way to its highest score of the year, 94.15, and the highest score of any of the 24 bands in the competition.

Liberty captured first place in Group III, a position it had held for 11 consecutive years before placing second to Allegany High School in 1996.

The competition, held at South Hagerstown High School, was marked by heavy rain and the resulting muddy field conditions. As a result, no bands were judged on marching maneuvers, only on visual effects and music.

In addition to its first place finish in Group III, the Lion's Pride won first place in the specialty categories for best visual and best music for its performance of the "Trittico for Band."

Band historian Pat Canaday has a great deal of confidence in the band members.

"They are having an outstanding year for Liberty. We get more excited with each competition," he said.

The band will perform this weekend in the Atlantic Coast Championships in Scranton, Pa., where it is hoping to top its previous best finish of third place in Group III. No band from Maryland has been able to claim the top spot.

Support group

A support group for survivors of breast cancer is forming in South Carroll.

Marriottsville resident Rosemary Wagner is a cancer survivor and is taking the initiative to form a support group for other women who have faced breast cancer.

"The purpose of the group will be to support, encourage and celebrate the victories of women in cancer treatment," said Wagner.

Wagner is hoping for a large turnout at an organizational meeting from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Eldersburg branch library on West Hemlock Drive.

"I've tried to reach as many women as I can through all types of publicity," she said. "I want this first meeting to be a get-acquainted type of meeting and then see where the group wants to go from there."

She hopes the group will meet regularly and envisions having frequent guest speakers. She hopes to have a "Look Good/Feel Good" seminar next month.

Information: 410-795-4318.

Holiday bazaar

You know that the holidays can't be too far off when you find a craft fair nearly every weekend.

Oakland United Methodist Church eagerly starts the ball rolling with its annual Christmas in the Country bazaar Friday and Saturday at the church hall on Oakland Mills Road.

The bazaar is open from 9 a.m. to 7: 30 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Information: 410-795-3708.

Computer fund-raising

Mechanicsville Elementary School is taking advantage of a unique fund-raising opportunity.

The school's PTA is encouraging families to participate in a General Mills program called "Big G Box Tops for Education."

By collecting cereal box tops and snack and yogurt multipack tops, the school receives a cash rebate. It plans to use the funds to purchase computer equipment and software.

Information: 410-751-3510.

Pub Date: 11/04/97

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