Drawing a crowd of about 8,000 people, 40 high school bands competed Saturday for recognition in the state's eighth annual band championships.
Proceeds from the event, held at Towson State University's Minnegan Stadium, will benefit the Rotary Club of Towson Service Fund and WBAL Radio 11 Kids Campaign.
The 40 bands competed in one of four categories, depending on their sizes. Bands with one to 35 musicians competed in Group I; those with 36 to 55 musicians in Group II; bands with 56 to 80 musicians in Group III; and bands with 81 or more musicians in Group IV. The bands were rated in nine categories on a 100-point scale.
The following is a list of first, second and third place winners as well as winners of special awards.
First -- Colonel Richardson High School, Federalsburg, Caroline County
Second -- North East High School, North East, Cecil County
Third -- Northern Garrett High School, Accident, Garrett County
.5l Special awards
Best Band Front -- Colonel Richardson High School
Best Percussion -- Colonel Richardson High School
Best Music -- Colonel Richardson High School
Best Drum Major -- Lansdowne High School, Lansdowne, Baltimore County
First -- Westmar High School, Lonaconing, Allegany County
Second -- Southern Garrett High School, Oakland, Garrett County
Third -- Old Mill High School, Millersville, Baltimore County
Best Band Front -- Wicomico High School, Salisbury, Wicomico County
Best Percussion -- Thomas Stone High School, Waldorf, Charles County
Best Drum Major -- Old Mill High School
Best Music -- Westmar High School
First -- Liberty High School, Sykesville, Carroll County
Second -- South Carroll High School, Winfield, Carroll County
Third -- Queen Anne's County High School, Centerville, Queen Anne's County
Best Percussion -- Liberty High School
Best Band Front -- Walkersville High School, Walkersville, Frederick County
Best Drum Major -- Northern High School, Owings, Calvert County
Best Music -- South Carroll High School
First -- North Hagerstown High School, Washington County
Second -- Severna Park High School, Anne Arundel County
Third -- South Hagerstown High School, Washington County
Best percussion -- North Hagerstown High School
Best Band Front -- Severna Park High School
Drum Major -- Severna Park High School
Best Music -- North Hagerstown High School