Tournament of Bands Chapter Championships: Chapter 13 at South Hagerstown High School

Tournament of Bands Chapter Championships
Chapter 13 at South Hagerstown High School

Just this past weekend, Saturday, November 13, 2007, the South Hagerstown High School "Rebel" Marching Band hosted this year's Tournament of Bands (TOB) Chapter (13) Championships. The weather was perfect for such an outdoor event - blue skies, chilly but not cold, and a decent breeze that seemed to calm down a bit once the sun dropped.
Bands that participated:
Southern Garrett HS, Petersburg HS, South Hagerstown HS, Hancock HS, Hedgesville HS, Warren County HS, North Hagerstown HS, Keyser HS, Musselman HS, Martinsburg HS, Allegany HS, Boonsboro HS, Jefferson HS, and Williamsport HS.
These students were fighting for the right to attend the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championships this weekend in Dover, Delaware.
Out of the teams listed above, the following are currently competing at the Tournament of Bands ACC in Dover: Southern Garrett High School, South Hagerstown High School, Allegany High School, Musselman High School, Keyser High School, Hedgesville High School, North Hagerstown High School, Williamsport High School, and Boonsboro High School. Good luck!
As a mother of a marching band student, I know the hard work that these students give throughout the marching band season. Their commitment is strong, but the pride that surely rushes over them after taking the field and performing their best, must feel even better.
To some bands, the Atlantic Coast Championship (ACC) is what the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships are to the athletic teams they support.
Thousands of spectators from as far as Virginia gathered in support of their school's marching band. Electricity, not only from those involved, but also from the proud parents, supportive friends, family, and the community, filled the air - growing stronger the moment the first band takes the field.
As with every band competition, whoops and whistles, roars and cry-outs roll from the stands. School colors blanket the stands in existence of sweatshirts, banners, foam #1 fingers, hats, flags, and much more.
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.
South Hagerstown High School "Rebel" Band took the field first, performing our National Anthem, under the direction of Band Director Mr. Heath Wilcox.
With the competition now launched, Hancock HS "Panther" band took the field performing "Main Street" with Bohemian Rhapsody, Seasons of Love, and more under the direction of Mr. Micah W Socks.
Petersburg HS band then took the field under the direction of TJ Dalton, playing " A Night at the Movies" which highlighted the theme songs from Star Wars, Jaws, and Jurassic Park.
Southern Garrett's "Conquest of Gold" portrays the Spanish search for Aztec Gold and was under the direction of Richard Clever.
North Hagerstown HS "Hub" band performed "Fear", which depicts the many different phobias that haunt our everyday lives, under the direction of Band Director Jeremy R. Karacz.
Warren County HS "Wildcats" band featured music from West Side Story and was under the direction of David Dingress.
The Marching Eagles from Hedgesville HS performed their show titled "Cool Latin Jazz, Hot Latin Nights" under the direction of Corey Hamrick.
Keyser HS "Golden Tornado" band presented Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" under the direction of Suzanne Warrick.
Musselman HS "Applemen" band took us back to summer with their show called "Batter Up" under the direction of Michael T. Knepper.
South Hagerstown HS "Rebel" band opened with Festive Overture by Shostakovich with their show entitled "A Russian Experience" under the direction of Heath T. Wilcox.
Cumberland's Allegany HS marching band's field show "Vis Viva: the Living Energy" was under the direction of Larry Jackson.
Jefferson HS "Cougar" band's show titled "Kenton Standards" contained three movements of Stan Kenton's most popular tunes and was under the direction of Donald Showen.
Martinsburg HS "Bulldog" band performed music from Michael Jackson, "Billy Jean" being a real hit in the audience. The band is under the direction of James Southern.
Williamsport HS "Blue" band, under the direction of Robert A Stike, performed a collection of music from Georges Bizet's famous opera, Carmen.
Boonsboro HS "Warrior" band performed a number entitled "The Daily Grind" where they salute the worker as he or she goes to work everyday under the direction of Eric Lauver.
When competing, the bands perform 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.
Awards were presented to the following:
Group 1
1. Southern Garrett HS (DM, Percussion, Auxiliary)
Group 2
1. North Hagerstown HS (Percussion, Auxiliary)
3. Keyser HS (DM)
Group 3
1. Allegany HS (Percussion)
2. Musselman HS (DM, Auxiliary)
Group 4
1. Boonsboro HS (DM, Percussion, Auxiliary)
Placement went to:
Group 1
1. 84.25 Southern Garrett HS
2. 75.10 Petersburg HS
3. 75.00 Hancock HS
Group 2
1. 88.40 North Hagerstown HS
2. 86.20 Hedgesville HS
3. 84.75 Keyser HS
4. 77.60 Warren County HS
Group 3
1. 91.60 Allegany HS
2. 90.90 Musselman HS
3. 86.25 South Hagerstown HS
Group 4
1. 85.35 Boonsboro HS
2. 83.80 Williamsport HS, MD
3. 76.40 Jefferson HS
4. 76.05 Martinsburg HS
What is TOB?
TOB stands for the Tournament of Bands. The TOB is one of the largest competitive band organizations in the country. Founded in 1972 by the National Judges Association, Tournament has grown to over 400 active schools. Tournament provides performance opportunities in field band, indoor guard, majorette, percussion and dance team as well as comprehensive festivals with instrumental and choral events.
Tournament of Bands is a non-profit educational organization that is available to any middle, junior high, senior high, college or university. TOB sanctions approximately 140 field band events, about 100 indoor events and several comprehensive music festivals each year. On any given Saturday night in the fall, the TOB will have from 12 to 18 field band competitions providing the opportunity for hundreds of Marching Bands to participate in its competitive arena.
The TOB is self-governed by an executive board elected by the member bands of TOB. The rules, bylaws, score sheets and the judging philosophy are all developed by the member bands at congresses and by participation on technical committees (music, percussion, visual).
As a member of the TOB, you are involved in the decisions on what is important to your total program.
Currently, the Tournament of Bands is divided into 13 Chapters that encompass 9 states. Tournament of Bands runs the Atlantic Coast Championship.
The TOB Atlantic Coast Championship for Marching Bands is being held at Delaware State University Stadium, located off of Route 13, Dover, Delaware on Saturday, November 10, 2007 and Sunday, November 11, 2007.
Contact your local high school for information and to purchase tickets. When you purchase tickets directly from your school - your band boosters gets to keep the money raised.
If you would like a map to Dover High School, band route, directions, layout, and band flow, visit www.tob.org/accfinal.htm.