Marching Musicians Take to the Gridiron


Annapolis, MD - As many high school marching musicians around the country prepare for their respective state tournaments coming up this weekend, several local schools chose to get in one final adjudicated performance at Broadneck High School this past Saturday. The wind on the field was blowing hard in every direction, and kept the bands on their toes. Among all of the schools that performed, the local schools that competed were Patuxent, Calvert, McDonough, Chopticon, Northern, Great Mills, and Leonardtown.

To kick off the day for SMAC schools, McDonough set the bar high for the Group 2A bands in the competition, as they came out with a show featuring music from the film Avatar. Next up was Calvert High School, whose show theme was ‘Apophis!’ The show was based on the adversary of the sun God, Re. They then yielded the field to Patuxent, who entered the competition with the highest score in the nation. Their show was based on 'Medusa.' For scoring, out of five schools in this class, McDonough finished in fourth place with a 77.125, Calvert finished second with a score of 79.975, and Patuxent kept up their run of success with a first place finish and a score of 86.350. 

In Group 2-Open, Great Mills led off their show with the selection entitled, "Distorted." Northern then followed them with a show featuring music from "Speed Racer." Chopticon rounded out the local schools in Group 2-Open with a show they’ve entitled Speedway. When it came time for awards, Great Mills finished in fourth place with a score of 81.75, Northern finished in third place with a score of 86.025, and Chopticon finished in second place with a score of 86.075.

Lastly, Leonardtown was the only band from our local area to compete in Group 3A. They had a show called The Divine Comedy. They finished in fifth place in their class with a score of 79.525.

Photo credit to Doreen McKean.

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