QACHS hosts Tour­na­ment of Bands

Record Observer - - School - By BOB HARDY

CEN­TRE­VILLE — On Saturday, Sept. 24, Queen Anne’s County High School hosted the 28th an­nual Tour­na­ment of Bands com­pe­ti­tion at the high school football field, spon­sored by the Band Boost­ers. The TOB com­pe­ti­tion was the first held at QACHS in 2008. There were 10 Mary­land and Delaware high school march­ing bands com­pet­ing, with Cen­tre­ville Mid­dle School and Sudlersville Mid­dle School bands open­ing and clos­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

The event was high­lighted by the QACHS March­ing Lions per­form­ing, in ex­hi­bi­tion, its com­pe­ti­tion show en­ti­tled, “A Pi­rate’s Ad­ven­ture.” The show was ad­ju­di­cated and scored the same as the com­pet­ing march­ing bands. The QACHS show re­ceived a score of 80.5 out of 100 points max­i­mum.

This was an in­crease of 4.4 points over their start­ing sea­son score of 76.1, which they earned on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Mid­dle­town (Delaware) High School TOB Com­pe­ti­tion. The Queen Anne’s County High School March­ing Lions Band, “Pride of the Eastern Shore,” com­petes as a Group 2 Open band.

The stands were full with fam­ily and friends of all the bands com­pet­ing. Ev­ery­one en­joyed the day with food, “band grams” (en­cour­ag­ing the par­tic­i­pants) and just hav­ing a good time lis­ten­ing and watch­ing some in­ter­est­ing pre­sen­ta­tions. For ex­am­ple, Kent Is­land High School’s show was en­ti­tled, “Baby­lo­nia,” Lake For­est High School in Delaware took the at­ten­dees through a “Time Ma­chine,” Ch­e­sa­peake High School de­picted the clas­sic tale of “Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood,” and Ap­po­quin­imink High School show­cased the mir­a­cle of flight with “Take to the Skies” with a large-scale air­plane in­cor­po­rated into the show. Here is the break­down of the re­sults for the day. Group 1 Fes­ti­val Class: Kent Is­land High School (Sil­ver Rat­ing).

Group 3 A: Wi­comico High School, first place, with a score of 83.09 and a spe­cial award for best color guard; and Lake For­est High School, sec­ond place, with a score of 82.3 and a spe­cial award for best per­cus­sion.

Group 1 Open: Ch­e­sa­peake High School, first place, with a score of 81.25 and a spe­cial award for best color guard and best per­cus­sion; and Colonel Richarddson High School, sec­ond place, with a score of 76.4.

Group 2 Open: Hunt­ing­town High School, first place, with a score of 84.3 and a spe­cial award for best color guard and best per­cus­sion.

Group 3 Open: Ap­po­quin­imink High School, first place, with a score of 85.15 and spe­cial awards for best color guard and best per­cus­sion; Park­side High School, sec­ond place, with a score of 81.9; and James M. Ben­nett High School, third place, with a score of 80.95.

Group 4 Open: Cae­sar Rod­ney High School, first place, 84.75 with spe­cial awards for best color guard and best per­cus­sion.

Up­com­ing per­for­mances of the Queen Anne’s County High School Per­form­ing Arts Depart­ment are as fol­lows: Oct. 16, Pop Con­cert, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 4, 5 and 7, fall play, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 8, fall play, 3 p.m.; Dec. 1, win­ter con­cert, 7 p.m.; and Dec. 14, win­ter dance con­cert, 7 p.m.

The Queen Anne’s County High School march­ing band pre­pares to per­form dur­ing the 28th an­nual Tour­na­ment of Bands com­pe­ti­tion held at the high school on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The Cen­tre­ville Mid­dle School band per­forms dur­ing the Tour­na­ment of Bands com­pe­ti­tion held at Queen Anne’s County High School on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The Sudlersville Mid­dle School march­ing band par­tic­i­pates in the 28th An­nual Tour­na­ment of Bands com­pe­ti­tion held at Queen Anne’s County High School on Saturday, Sept. 24.

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