HAGERSTOWN - They warmed up like trained athletes, working their muscles before the big game.
But most of these athletes were girls in frilly, sequined dresses and boys in pastel-colored tuxedos.
"It's vocal calisthenics. They're getting their voices acclimated to the temperature and barometric pressure," Clear Spring High School choral director Beth Smith said Wednesday night shortly before the start of the 2006 All County Chorus Concert.
Every middle and high school in Washington County had students performing. Teachers at each school selected the best students to perform in the concert at North Hagerstown High School. About 1,300 people were in the audience.
Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan told the audience she believed the event had been a tradition in the county for at least 30 years.