Bands sound off

October 02, 2002|by PEPPER BALLARD

The 26th Annual Showcase of Marching Bands left an audience in the thousands clapping for more.

Hugh Allen, 71, said he doesn't have any children or grandchildren playing in any of the area bands, but he's come to the showcase for the past four years because he likes band music.

"I especially liked Clear Spring, Hagerstown North and Boonsboro," he said.

Gretchen Love, 44, said she was a South Hagerstown High Rebel and so is her niece, whom she came to see, but she said she supported all of the band members.

"I think Boonsboro knocked my socks off," she said.

Love said the Hancock High School Panther Band, with fewer than 30 members and a six-song playlist, did well.

"Size doesn't count," she said.

Members of the South High Rebel Band clapped to Hancock's versions of songs associated with cities.

The following Washington County bands performed:

  • South Hagerstown Rebel Band

  • Williamsport High School Blue Band

  • Hancock High School Panther Band

  • Clear Spring High School Blazer Band

  • Boonsboro High School Warrior Band

  • North Hagerstown High School Hub Band

  • Smithsburg High School Leopard Band

Meg Hoffman, 47, said her daughter will attend Boonsboro High School next year, but she's been watching the high school bands get better.

"We're not just watching them march anymore," she said.

Adam Weber, 53, said he came to watch the Clear Spring band, but he liked the performance this year because the program wasn't as elaborate as in past years. "It's better when you can recognize what they're playing," he said.

The bands came together at the end of the showcase to perform "El Capitan March" by John Philip Sousa.

Weber said he especially liked selections such as "New York, New York" and "Amazing Grace."

"It fits the times," he said.

The Showcase of Bands was started in 1977 by then-band supervisor John Fignar.

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