AT 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Severna Park High School Marching Band drum majors Trent Gates and Sarah Hack will raise their batons to signal the beginning of the school's 17th annual Tournament of Bands.
The 159-member Severna Park band, under the direction of R. Thomas Powell, will open the evening with a "Broadway Spectacular" before 12 high school bands from Maryland and Virginia get down to the business of competing for cash awards and trophies.
Bands are judged on how well they perform their music, the difficulty of the music and how well they execute their marching maneuvers, and on the overall visual and musical effect of their shows.
Cash awards go to the first-place winners in three divisions: I, for 35 musicians and fewer; II, for 36 to 55 musicians; and III, for 56 to 80 musicians. There are no Division IV bands, of more than 80 musicians, competing. Trophies, donated by the Severna Park Lions Club, are awarded to the outstanding band front, percussion section and drum major.
Parent and student tournament chairmen George Lane and Annette Lane, Rick Miller and Debbie Miller, and Matt Quinn and Sarah Obrecht have coordinated months of preparation by students and parents.
The Severna Park band took second place at its first competition Sept. 30, in Dillsburg, Pa. It is to compete Saturday in the Maryland state high school band championships at Towson State University and Nov. 4 in Leonardtown, where it defends its regional Chapter IX championship.
Tickets for the Severna Park show are $5 and are available at the Music and Arts Center in Park Plaza and at the gate. Proceeds are used for uniforms and travel, and to buy and repair instruments.
The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) are offering workshops for women who own businesses or are thinking about opening one. They will be held on four consecutive Thursdays beginning Oct. 19 at the YWCA in Arnold.
The workshops, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each week, will cover issues such as considering your own business, developing a business plan, financing a small business and marketing and advertising.
For details, call (410) 626-7800 or 974-0147.
The annual Fire/Police Expo at county headquarters on Veterans Highway in Millersville is the place to take your family Saturday between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The firefighting demonstrations and police car rides alone are worth the trip. But you'll also see K-9 demonstrations, auto and aerial rescue demonstrations, the SWAT Team and much more. The rain date is Sunday.