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Annual chance for showing off

October 06, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - With the aid of a video camera, Holly Robison of Smithsburg on Tuesday helped her daughter - a trumpet player in the Smithsburg High School band - solve a problem during the annual Showcase of Marching Bands.

"She can't see herself," Robison said.

But Robison videotaped the band's performance and now her daughter, Caitlin Henney, 15, and others in the band, will have a chance to see themselves on the field, she said.

Robison said the Showcase of Marching Bands is a great event because the bands are not judged and are not competing. It is the community's only chance to see and hear all seven of Washington County's public high school bands in one evening.

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"It is a chance for all the kids to show off a little," said Jeff Bishop, whose son, Jeremy Bishop, 17, plays the trumpet in the South Hagerstown High School Rebel Band.

Robison and Bishop were among about 3,000 people at the 28th annual event at School Stadium at South Hagerstown High School in Hagerstown.

Mike O'Connor said he has been attending the event since about 1983.

"I like seeing the kids do their thing," he said.

James Winters, who is president of the athletic boosters at South Hagerstown High School, said he cheers for all of the bands.

"I support the kids," he said.

Roger Deatrich was videotaping the performance of the Boonsboro High School Warrior Band, which he said was "outstanding." His son, Tyler Deatrich, 15, plays saxophone in the band.

His son gave instructions that he not zoom in on just him but rather capture the whole band, Roger Deatrich said.

After performing, some band members sat in the stands but two drummers in the North Hagerstown High School Hub Band stood by a fence near the field to better see the other bands' shows.

"I like it. I like seeing the other bands," Addie Harding, 16, a junior, said.

"I think it is pretty neat. This is just for fun," said Jimmy Connor, 17, a senior.

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