Thumbs up: The Liberty High School Lions’ Pride Marching Band made Maryland history. The band came into the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championship (ACC) with a lot of pressure as the reigning champions, but they perhaps exceeded already-high expectations, becoming the first Maryland band ever to be named Open Class champions twice in a row in the competition’s 40-year history. Bands are judged on a 100-point linear scale and Liberty secured their win last weekend with a score of 96.25. They also received the top award for High Brass. Even more impressive, the show was designed to put each section of the band on display with no place to hide mistakes — a risk that judges appreciated, Instrumental Music Director Brandi Jason told us. “If they don’t pull through, that can be really detrimental to a group. But I trust my kids and they rehearse well, and they’re really go-getters,” she said. Liberty’s band stood out in a major way, but some other Carroll schools turned in strong results as well. Century High School was awarded first place out of 12 bands in Class 2A, plus two specialty awards; South Carroll High School earned second place out of 10 bands in Class 1A, as well as the Philip Glass Creativity Award; Westminster High School received first place out of four bands in Open Class Small, as well as two specialty awards; and Francis Scott Key High School received fifth place out of 12 Bands in Class 2A. It’s a standing ovation from us at the Times.