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Tournament of Bands at Mechanicsburg Area High School

Tournament of Bands
at Mechanicsburg Area High School
by Jennifer LB Leese

Marching band competitions are quite a sight. The stands are loaded with excited supporters waving and clapping, screaming out for their child's school band.
On Saturday, September 30, 2006, the crowds went wild as each band took the field at John B. Frederick Field at Mechanicsburg Area High School for last weekend's Tournament of Bands.
Food and refreshments, souvenirs, and program guides were readily available throughout the length of the event.

2006 Participating Bands:
South Hagerstown HS, Biglerville HS, Big Spring HS, Liberty HS, East Pennsboro HS, Lebanon HS, Susquehanna Township HS, Camp Hill HS, Shikellamy HS, Gov. Thomas Johnson HS, Red Land HS, South Western HS, and Cumberland Valley HS
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 was 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. Biglerville High School was the first to take the field at 6pm. Excited high-schoolers, at the end of the evening, cheered and roared when West Chester University's Marching Band took the field and played to them as they watched in the stands.

Placement went to:
Group 1
1. 78.8 Liberty
2. 77.4 Biglerville
3. 76.7 East Pennsboro
4. 73.3 Big Spring
Group 2
1. 82.25 Susquehanna Twp.
2. 80.3 Camp Hill
3. 75.6 Lebanon
Group 3
1. 84.2 Red Land
2. 81.2 Shikellamy
3. 74.7 Gov. Thomas Johnson
4. 73.65 South Hagerstown
Group 4
1. 78.5 South Western
2. 77.6 Cumberland Valley

Awards were presented to the following:
Group 1
1. Biglerville (High Auxiliary)
2. Liberty (High Percussion)
Group 2
1. Susquehanna Twp. (High Auxiliary and High Percussion)
Group 3
1. Redland (High Auxiliary and High Percussion)
Group 4
1. South Western (High Percussion)
2. Cumberland Valley (High Auxiliary)
Tournament of Bands runs through November 2006. Contact your local high school for information and to purchase tickets for the next Tournament of Bands.
(NOTE: Showcase of Bands is scheduled for October 10, 2006 at 7:30pm at South Hagerstown High School. Contact the school at 301-766-8369 for advanced tickets.)

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