Tour­na­ment of Bands set at Queen Anne’s high Sept. 24

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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.

PHOTO BY LENA ELLWANGER

Mem­bers of the Queen Anne’s County High School band per­form in the 2014 Tea Party Fes­ti­val pa­rade.

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