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Tournament of Bands: at Martinsburg 2008

Tournament of Bands
at Martinsburg

On Saturday, September 20, 2008 crowds gathered for the Tournament of Bands hosted by Martinsburg High School at Coburn Field in Martinsburg, WV. Marching bands took the field at 3pm. Thousands of spectators enjoyed performances of outstanding bands from the four-state area.
2008 Participating Bands:
Brunswick, South Hagerstown, Northern Garrett, Tuscarora, Keyser, Musselman, Petersburg, Boonsboro, Williamsport, Hedgesville, Jefferson, and Warren County.
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. 76.20 Brunswick HS (DM, Aux, Perc)
2. 69.75 No. Garrett HS
Group 2
1. 75.70 Tuscarora HS (DM, Perc)
2. 72.60 Keyser HS (Aux)
3. 65.60 Petersburg HS
Group 3
1. 76.00 Boonsboro HS (Aux)
2. 75.65 So. Hagerstown HS (DM, Perc)
3. 73.90 Hedgesville HS
4. 70.20 Warren County HS
Group 4
1. 78.80 Musselman HS (DM, Aux, Perc)
2. 75.10 Williamsport HS, MD
3. 70.55 Jefferson HS
73.30 Martinsburg HS Exhibition
Tournament of Bands runs through November 2008. 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 14, 2008 at South Hagerstown High School at 7:30pm in Hagerstown, Maryland.
Contact the school at 301-766-8369 for advanced tickets.

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