Marching band tournament tomorrow


Gala marching band productions that have been polished by students from 14 high schools will be featured at tomorrow's Cavalier Classic at South Carroll High School.

The public is invited to the local Tournament of Bands competition at 6:30 p.m. at the school's football stadium on West Old Liberty Road in Winfield. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students or senior citizens.

The tourney promises to be a visual and auditory treat as 13 marching bands compete for points and awards. WTTR radio announcer Dwight Dingle will be the master of ceremonies.

Pit beef, pizza, barbecue, chili, pretzels and other tasty treats will be available to purchase as well as souvenir programs, buttons, flags and minibaton rifles. Cavalier-grams, messages announced as bands take the field, may be sent for a $1 fee.

South Carroll's Marching Cavaliers, the hosts of the event, will not compete but will give an exhibition performance at the end of the evening. Look for Dick Tracey to make his premier appearance in their jazz-type show, "Heroes of the Past." Last week, the Cavaliers earned first place in the Group II category with 73.55 points at the Hedgesville, W.Va., Tournament of Bands.

Marching bands compete in four categories based on the number of instrumentalists, with Group I bands the smallest and Group IV the largest. At the Cavalier Classic, 12 professional judges will critique the shows and grant points to each band in their area of expertise. High scores in different areas will earn the competitors trophies or plaques. An awards ceremony will conclude the evening.

"It's really a full show," said Band Booster President Pat Reisner. "You'll see bands you don't usually get to see."

Mrs. Reisner said five Chapter Six high school bands from Pennsylvania will compete in the Cavalier Classic -- Big Springs, Cedar Cliff, Eastern Lebanon, Hanover and Northern. Frederick County high school bands from Linganore, Walkersville, and Middletown will join three Carroll County bands, North Carroll, Francis Scott Key and Liberty. Other tourney bands include Lansdowne of Baltimore County and Jefferson, W. Va., High School.

The Cavalier Classic is one of many South Carroll High School Band Booster fund raisers. Mrs. Reisner said money is needed for a tentative four-day trip to a festival in Atlanta in April 1996. Plans call for the Cavaliers to compete in the festival's field show, parade, concert and jazz categories.


Don't miss the Craft Show and Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department, West Old Liberty Road.

Pit beef, pit ham, crab cakes, and other fire company food specialties will be available, and you may buy a square for $10 in the event's Barnyard Bingo game. The cow is scheduled to arrive between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

The rain date is Sunday. Information: 795-0774.


A Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Recruitment Night for the Winfield and Mount Airy areas will be Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mount Airy branch of the Carroll County Public Library, 705 Ridge Ave.

The meeting will begin with an audiovisual presentation about Girl Scouts. After the presentation, there will be an opportunity for questions and membership registration. The fee to join is $6.

The Recruitment Night targets girls from kindergarten to high school age as members and their parents as leaders. Leaders may choose the frequency, time and location of troop meetings. Troops usually meet weekly or biweekly.

There are 10 troops in Community 64, which encompasses Southwest Carroll County, according to Stacy Roelands. She volunteers as the area troop coordinator and would like to see one additional troop at each of Girl Scouting's five levels -- Daisies (kindergarten), Brownies (grades one, two and three), Juniors (grades four, five and six), Cadettes (grades seven, eight and nine) and Seniors (grades 10, 11, and 12).

Each troop has its own community service project, and Community 64 also supports other public service activities as a group. Information: (301) 831-7631.


Mount Airy Elementary School's Parent Teacher Association will have its annual Fall "Kidstuff" Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 23 at the school's athletic field where North Main Street meets Watersville Road.

The rain-or-shine event will help parents stretch their budget dollars while they recycle their children's clothing, toys, furniture, books and more. Spaces are renting for a $10 donation in advance or $12 on the day of the event. Refreshments will be sold by the PTA. Information: (410) 549-6336.


Residents of Mount Airy are invited to dispose of unwanted trash at the Mount Airy Jaycees Fall Clean Up Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon on Sept. 23 at the Municipal Parking Lot on Park Avenue.

Trash bins will be at the town parking lot near People's Lumber, and Jaycees will be available to lend a helping hand or to accept donations. The Jaycees are also offering their services to pick up and haul away the bulk trash of town residents for a $10 to $20 donation.

All proceeds will go to the Mount Airy Recycling Commission. Call Adam or Rebecca Linn at (301) 829-5257 to schedule a pickup.

Please note that proof of residency, in the form of a town water bill, is required.

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