Local bands place 2nd in competitions


A story about a band contest in Tuesday's Carroll edition should have said South Carroll High School placed second out of five high schools in Group III competition.

The Sun regrets the errors.

The two Carroll County high schools that attended Tournament of Bands marching competitions last weekend placed second in their divisions.

The South Carroll High School Cavaliers came in second of three Group III (56 to 80 musicians) bands with a score of 84.60, after winning three specialty categories at the Bishop McDevitt High Schools Crusader Classic in Harrisburg, Pa.

The band placed behind the Huntingdon Area (Pa.) High School, which scored 84.65 and won Best Marching and Maneuvering. South Carroll was the only Maryland school in the 13-band competition.

Band director Brad Collins said it was difficult explaining to the students why they did not win overall after winning Best Music, Best Percussion and Best Drum Major.

"The guy who was doing individual scoring was a little inconsistent in his scoring all night," Mr. Collins said. "He did have valid comments, and the comments he made will make us better next time."

The Westminster High School Owls took second place in Group IV (81 or more musicians) with a score of 77.45 at the West Mar Marching Invitational in Allegany County.

Keyser (W.Va.) High School swept the specialty awards and took first place in the competition with an 86.6 score.

"We improved our score, and that's what we aimed for," said Sharon Stolarski, publicity chairwoman for the Westminster Band Boosters.

Liberty High did not compete last weekend because of homecoming, and Francis Scott Key High had no scheduled competition. North Carroll High pulled out of a planned competition because of the cost involved, said a spokeswoman.

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