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After claiming national title, Calvert Hall marching band tops off season with Sugar Bowl appearance

After claiming national title, Calvert Hall marching band tops off season with Sugar Bowl appearance

As the names of the 11 high school competitive marching bands battling for a USBands Group II Open national championship were read in reverse order of how they fared in the competition last November, Brian Ecton was afraid that he would not have to wait very long to hear Calvert Hall College High School's name mentioned.

However, when the announcement came that his band had won the competition, Ecton was as surprised as he was elated.

"At around seventh place, I was waiting to hear our name be called," said Ecton, 38, who now in his 11th year as the Towson all-boys Catholic school's band director. "I was still waiting when they announced third place. I thought...

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