Empowering, Inspiring, and Entertaining: This Year's Showcase of Marching Bands

Empowering, Inspiring, and Entertaining
This Year's Showcase of Marching Bands
by Jennifer LB Leese
j.leese@picketnews.com

On Tuesday, October 14, and just like last year, a thunderstorm rolled over Hagerstown two hours before the Thirty-Second Showcase of Marching Bands was to begin.
Warm weather brought out the fans, filling the stands with family members, friends, and community supporters.
The annual showcase, which took place at School Stadium at South Hagerstown High School, is a noncompetitive performance where students can perform without the stress of competing.
The Showcase of Marching Bands is the only event in the area in which all seven schools can perform in the same event, showcasing their precision marching skills to a powerful set of specially arranged music.
These students, close to 500 band members, work extremely hard to learn the music and steps involved in these competitions.
Attending a band competition or showcase is exciting and contagious. That's apparent when you hear the hoots, hollers, and roars from the stands.
The Smithsburg High School Leopard Band, hosted the evening, and was joined by the marching bands from Boonsboro, Clear Spring, Hancock, North Hagerstown, South Hagerstown, and Williamsport high schools.
After Smithsburg Leopard Band played the National Anthem, South Hagerstown "Rebel" Band took the field. Their empowering field show, under the direction of Mr. Heath T. Wilcox, titled "Reflections", captured the magical spirit of form, sound, and color.
This year's show for the Williamsport "Blue" Band, under the direction of Mr. Robert A Stike, is titled "The Storm" where listeners are taken on a whirlwind of motion and sounds depicting the storm of the century.
The Hancock "Panther" Band, under the direction of Mr. Scott Benford, presented a spectacular selection from the Broadway musical, "Fiddler on the Roof".
The Clear Spring "Blazer" Band took the field next under the direction of Mr. Joel Guyton playing an exciting arrangement of Latin Jazz.
The Boonsboro "Warrior" Band, under the direction of Mr. Micah Socks, performed an attention grabbing number entitled "The Snooze Effect".
The North Hagerstown "Hub" Band, under the direction of Mr. Jeremy R. Karacz, took listeners on a ride through the mountains with their production of "Everest".
The last school to perform was the Smithsburg "Leopard" Band. Director Mr. Gary L Rupert based their inspirational field show on the ever-popular novel by Tolkien - "The Lord of the Rings".
All seven bands ended the evening beautifully with a combined rendition of "God Bless America", under the direction of Mr. Gary Rupert.
Having a music program in your school, whether it be elementary, middle, or high school, is extremely important for your child and your community's development. Get involved. Support your school by donating and attending musical functions. Remember, when you purchase tickets directly from your school - your band boosters gets to keep the money raised.
So, get out there! You won't regret it!