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Showcase of Marching Bands at South Hagerstown High School

Showcase of Marching Bands
at South Hagerstown High School

On Tuesday, October 10, Washington County's high school marching bands gathered for the 30th Annual Showcase of Marching Bands at South Hagerstown High School.
The showcase began at 7:30pm and lasted two hours. Enthusiastic fans filled the stands, cheering and clapping at all the right times.
The Williamsport High School Blue Band served as host band this year. Participating schools included: the Boonsboro High School Warrior Band, Clear Spring High School Blazer Band, Hancock High School Panther Band, North Hagerstown High School Hub Band, Smithsburg High School Leopard Band, and the South Hagerstown High School Rebel Band.
The weather was perfect. The crowd was ready. The band members felt confident and sure in their routine.
"We've practiced long and hard," said Nicholas Leese, trumpet player for South Hagerstown.
Overall, the bands sounded clear and crisp, proclaiming their confidence through rehearsed steps and movements. Bands used props, flags, uniforms, and, of course, music to tell their story to the crowds.
Hancock Middle-Senior High School's band carried a full-size bed onto the field for their "Dream Journey" show. One of the band members played the part of a young girl asleep in bed having nightmares.
South Hagerstown High School made their presence known with the inspirational sound of a train horn. Their rendition of "Last Train Home" honored Hagerstown's history as the Hub City.
Members of North Hagerstown High School's band stood on small wooden bridges, emphasizing their "From the Docks" field show.
Smithsburg's drum majors were dressed as Batgirl and Catwoman as they lead their band through the music of The Caped Crusader himself--Batman!
Parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors looked on and cheered for their school and children.
The night ended under the direction of Host Band Director Lisa Jordan as the bands combined on the field for one last performance--"Washington Post."
This year's Showcase of Marching Bands was a hit!

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