Clear Spring Blazer Band wins two firsts at Disney World

March 22, 2002

CLEAR SPRING - The Clear Spring High School Blazer Band returned Wednesday from a week-long trip to Orlando, Fla., with two first place trophies and enough bragging rights to last the rest of their music careers.

It was the senior class' second trip to Disney World for competition. As freshmen, they came back with a third place prize, but this year, they brought home not only one, but two first place trophies at Magic Music Days Performance Venue, one in Class-A, a marching competition through Downtown Disney in The Magic Kingdom, and the Grand Champion trophy. They also tacked on a Superior Rating medal to their trophies.

Clear Spring was the only high school representing Maryland at the competition, according to Senior Drum Major Jessica Fales, 17.

The marching competition was held last Friday morning.

The top-rated band then followed up the judged performance with a concert Saturday afternoon at Tomorrowland and an exhibition parade Saturday night through the Magic Kingdom.


Band Director Jennifer Stouffer, 28, said there were about 45,000 people at Saturday's parade. "We didn't have quite the same performance (as Friday) but we were there."

Senior Drum Major Zach Beadle, 17, said the bands were judged on marching, appearance, musicianship, style and sound.

Stouffer said the judges were nationally renowned in music. "They treated them like professional musicians and expected a lot out of them," she said.

Senior Emily Baughman, 17, said, "It's a great way to go out. It makes you feel your band has improved."

The band members were each given four-day hopper passes to attend the various theme parks in Orlando. According to proud father and trip chaperon, Dale Miles, 55, the band visited MGM Studios, The Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, The Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon and Universal Studios.

His son, junior Joshua Miles, 16, said the highlight of his trip was attending a pirate dinner theater. He said the lead performer announced the band's accomplishments to an audience of about 700.

"Everybody cheered," he said. "It was the best feeling I had the whole trip - besides being home."

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