Marching band practices moving to a different beat


August 17, 1999|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IF PRACTICE MAKES perfect, the 75 musicians and 21 guard members of the Liberty High School marching band should be almost there.

Under the watchful eye of band director Bryan Eber, the students have spent many hours this month perfecting their sound, as well as the precise marching steps that will take them through the competition season.

Drum major Robyn McCormick, a senior, will lead the band as it performs music from Antonin Dvorak's Ninth Symphony, "From the New World." The orchestral style is a departure from the more symphonic band literature traditionally used by the band.

"This is a new style for us," said Eber. "This is our first season attempting an orchestral style. It's a big change for us."

Eber is aided by several instructors in preparing the musicians and guard for the new performance style. Dave Fisher and Tom Vail are marching instructors, and Gary Gill and Kristin Swierzbinski are the percussion instructors with aides John Madeiros and James Kirby. The guard is instructed by Pam Wildfogel and Lou Zanine.

Fans can catch a glimpse of the Liberty High band in the film "Dick." The band can be seen performing at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington in June 1998, where their 1970s-style uniform won them a cameo appearance in the film. Those uniforms are gone, and the band will begin this season in new uniforms worn briefly at the end of last season.

Parents, friends and relatives of the students will be treated to the band's first uniformed performance Aug. 26 at the annual tailgate party. The band will perform at halftime during the school's home football games and will sponsor the annual Liberty Extravaganza, a marching band competition, at 6 p.m. Sept 18.

Soccer tournament

Soccer balls have been rolling around the numerous fields at Eldersburg Elementary School for a few weeks, and next month there will be a continuous jumble of parents and players attending games on Saturdays.

The boys' teams of the Freedom Soccer Club will hold the 11th annual Freedom Tournament at 6 p.m. Friday at Eldersburg Elementary and Oklahoma Road Middle schools. Travel teams from North Carroll, South Carroll, Westminster, the Taneytown area, Reisterstown and the Linganore/Urbana area are expected to participate. Several dozen teams will compete in three age divisions.

Information: 410-549-6225.

Peach festival

Members of Bethesda United Methodist Church in Sykesville will hold their annual Peach Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 28 on the church grounds at 328 Klees Mill Road.

A fried chicken platter with homemade potato salad, green beans, roll and beverage will be available for $5. A variety of desserts using fresh peaches will be offered. Cakes, pies and other goodies will be available at the bake table.

A flea market and yard sale also will take place on the grounds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Information: 410-795-6621.

Night fishing

Anglers are welcome to fish during the evening until midnight Friday at Piney Run Park.

Fishermen who want to participate in the night fishing may arrive at the park during regular hours, but must pay $3 per person before the normal closing time at 8 p.m. Anglers must be off the lake and leaving the park grounds by midnight.

Maryland fishing and boating regulations will be enforced. Rental boats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and renters must supply the required lights for rental boats.

Information: 410-795-3274.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 8/17/99

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