"We got off to a rocky start, says Laura Stenger, co-drum major of North Hagerstown High School's "Hub" Band.
The 17-year-old senior is talking about not knowing who the school's band director would be until two weeks before summer band camp started the last week of July.
Jeremy R. Karacz, who had worked with North Hagerstown High School's band as marching instructor for two years while he taught at Western Heights Middle School, got the job.
"We're glad that he came in," she says. "We're good to go now."
The Hub band is the host band at the 26th annual Showcase of Marching Bands Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at School Stadium in Hagerstown. Karacz will lead his 91-member ensemble and he also will direct the seven bands combined - approximately 700 student musicians - in the Showcase finale. Together they will perform John Philip Sousa's "El Capitan March."