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Tournament of Bands: Martinsburg Competition

Tournament of Bands: Martinsburg Competition

On Saturday, September 15, 2007 crowds gathered for the Tournament of Bands hosted by Martinsburg High School at Coburn Field in Martinsburg, WV. Marching bands began to take the field at 3pm. Thousands of spectators enjoyed performances of outstanding bands from the four-state area.
2007 Participating Bands:
Brunswick, Petersburg, North Hagerstown, South Hagerstown, Keyser, Musselman, Urbana, Boonsboro, Williamsport, Hedgesville, Boonsboro, Williamsport, and Jefferson.
These students work extremely hard learning the music and steps involved in these competitions.
Electricity fills the air the moment the bands begin to play. Food and refreshments, souvenirs, and program guides were readily available throughout the length of the event. Air grams, candy grams, and flower grams are available for community supporters, friends, and family to send to their school or student.
Bands performed in pre-set groups according to the number of players in the band:
Group 1- up to 35 musicians and a maximum of 35 auxiliary
Group 2- 36 to 55 musicians and a maximum of 55 auxiliary
Group 3- 56 to 80 musicians and a maximum of 80 auxiliary
Group 4- 81 or greater
Each band is given a block time of 14 minutes. The logical conclusion of the visual and music performance must be a minimum of 7 minutes and a maximum of 10 minutes.
Awards were presented to the following:
Group 1
1. Brunswick HS (DM, Auxiliary)
2. Petersburg HS (Percussion)
Group 2
1. No. Hagerstown HS (Percussion)
2. Keyser HS (DM, Percussion)
Group 3
1. Musselman HS (Auxiliary)
2. Urbana HS (DM, Percussion)
Group 4
1. Boonsboro HS (Percussion, Auxiliary)
2. Williamsport HS, MD (DM)
Placement went to:
Group 1
1. 69.25 Brunswick HS
2. 65.20 Petersburg HS
Group 2
1. 77.25 No. Hagerstown HS
2. 73.90 Hedgesville HS
3. 73.80 Keyser HS
Group 3
1. 77.90 Musselman HS
2. 75.65 Urbana HS
3. 71.05 So. Hagerstown HS
Group 4
1. 74.15 Boonsboro HS
2. 72.50 Williamsport HS, MD
3. 70.25 Jefferson HS
4. 67.50 Martinsburg HS
Tournament of Bands runs through November 2007. Contact your local high school for information and to purchase tickets for the next Tournament of Bands. When you purchase tickets directly from your school - your band boosters gets to keep the money raised.
(LOCAL NOTE: Showcase of Bands will take place on Tuesday, October 09, 2007 at South Hagerstown High School at 7:30pm in Hagerstown, Maryland.
There will also be a show at the school on Saturday, October 20, 2007 at 11am and the Chapter 13 Championship will take place at South Hagerstown High School on Saturday, November 3, 3007 4pm in Hagerstown, Maryland.
Contact the school at 301-766-8369 for advanced tickets.)

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