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Warrior band marches home with awards

November 13, 2006

The Boonsboro High School Marching Band is wrapping up a successful competitive season. In seven Tournament of Bands competitions this year, it finished first place in four, earned two second-place finishes and one third-place award.

For the first time, the band won the TOB Group IV Chapter XIII Championship in Martinsburg, W.Va., on Nov. 4.

TOB is divided into 13 chapters, and Chapter 13 comprises Western Maryland, Eastern West Virginia and Northern Virginia.

Band Director Heath Wilcox compares winning chapters to winning a state championship in athletics. Since Wilcox became band director three years ago, he said the band has worked toward earning a first-place finish at the Chapter 13 Championship, building on the previous year's success.

"Our program is growing not only in size, but in quality. Winning Chapters is a group effort and no individual can take the credit. It took the work of all the students and the staff to accomplish this goal," Wilcox said.

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The marching band season culminated at the Atlantic Coast Championships in Scranton, Pa., this weekend. The top 25 bands in Divisions 1 through 4 are invited to compete.

Boonsboro High is ranked 17th in Division 4, earning a competitive spot with bands from Delaware, Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

"Marching band is unlike athletics, where we cannot have students sitting the bench. All 123 students participate in every practice and every performance all season long. Band is a team effort which teaches lifelong skills in discipline, teamwork, respect, honor and pride, in addition to music," Wilcox said.

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