Tournament of Bands set at Queen Anne’s high Sept. 24
CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County High School Band and its Boosters will sponsor a Tournament of Bands from noon to 4 p.m. at Queen Anne’s County High School on Sept. 24. Marching Bands from Maryland and Delaware will participate in the competition.
The event will begin with the Sudlersville Middle School Band playing the National Anthem. The first band in the competition is slated to be the Kent Island High School Marching Band at 12:30 p.m., followed by 10 other high school marching bands, and including an exhibition performance by QACHS entitled “A Pirates Adventure.” Centreville Middle School’s Marching Band will conclude the show performing “Spirit of America.” An awards ceremony will take place after the performances.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the Queen Anne’s community to come out and support our talented youth and witness their teamwork, commitment, and love of music in action,” said Bob Hardy, a member of QACHS Band Boosters and former band member. “This event also serves as a fundraiser for the band program, which enables the students to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Region Competitions and potentially go to Hershey, Pennsylvania at end of October 2016 for the Atlantic Coast Championships.”
The Tournament of Bands sanctions about 140 marching band competitions each fall, corresponding roughly with the high school football season. Bands are judged on a 100 point linear scale by judges both on the field and in the press box. Bands are also divided into four groups based on their size, and judged only within their group.
There are three levels of performance classification that a band may elect to participate in: Open (O) Class (formerly Championship), “A” Class (formerly Regional), and Festival (F) Class.
The Kent Island High School Marching Band and the Queen Anne’s County High School Marching Band do not compete against each other. KIHS bad is classified as a 1-F band and QACHS band is classified as a 2-O.
Competing in the tournament will be bands from: Lake Forest HS, Felton, DE: 3-A Wicomico HS, Salisbury: 3-A Colonel Richardson HS, Federalsburg: 1-O Chesapeake HS, Pasadena: 1-O Caesar Rodney HS, Camden, DE: 4-O J.M. Bennett HS, Salisbury: 3-O Appoquinimink HS, Middletown, DE: 3-O Parkside HS, Salisbury: 3-O and Huntingtown HS, Huntingtown: 2-O TOB contests are held year round throughout a nine-state area that makes up the Mid-Atlantic region.
Admission is $8 for adults and children 12 and up; admission for children under 12 is free. Food and beverages will be available for sale during the competition. All proceeds from concessions support the QACHS band program. For more information, contact Queen Anne’s County High School at 410-758-0500.
Members of the Queen Anne’s County High School band perform in the 2014 Tea Party Festival parade.