Tournament of Bands at Hedgesville High School

Tournament of Bands
at Hedgesville High School
by Jennifer LB Leese

On Saturday, September 23, 2006 supportive family members, friends, and community members gathered for the Tournament of Bands hosted this weekend by Hedgesville High School at Mumaw Stadium.
2006 Participating Bands:
South Hagerstown, Musselman, Williamsport, Westmar, Keyser, Hancock, Northern Garrett
Excitement and electricity filled the air as the bands took the field. Food and refreshments, souvenirs, and program guides were readily available throughout the length of the event.
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. Hancock High School was the first to take the field at 5:15pm. Hedgesville High School Band performed at 6:00pm, and Frostburg State University "Bobcat" Marching Band, 50 members from 30 different high schools, ended the evening with a show titled "Lil' Bit of Everything".
Placement went to:
Group 1
1. 69.15 Westmar
2. 67.10 Hancock
Group 2
1. 77.85 Keyser
Group 3
1. 82.50 Alleghany
2. 79.45 Musselman
3. 74.25 South Hagerstown
4. 66.50 Warren County
Group 4
1. 72.85 Williamsport
3. 71.95 Martinsburg
Awards were presented to the following:
Group 1
1. Westmar (Guard, Percussion, and Drum Major)
Group 2
1. Keyser (Guard, Percussion, and Drum Major)
Group 3
1. Alleghany (Drum Major)
2. Musselman (Guard and Percussion)
Group 4
1. Martinsburg (Percussion and Drum Major)
2. Williamsport (Guard)
People's Choice Award went to Hancock High School
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.)