HAGERSTOWN - Band members from five Washington County schools pulled double duty Saturday.
Moments after the Tournament of Bands Chapter XIII Championship ended at Mike Callas Stadium, it was time for the 84th Alsatia Mummers Parade to kick off.
Boonsboro, Hancock, North Hagerstown, South Hagerstown and Williamsport participated in both events.
"We have to shift gears. Now it's all about the parade," Boonsboro drum major Sean Clark said after directing the Warriors at the band championship. "It's our chance to present ourselves to the community. A lot of kids and their parents won't come here, but they will go to the Mummers Parade."
Only once every several years does the Chapter XIII Championship fall on the same Saturday as the parade, North Hagerstown band director Jeremy Karacz said.