HAGERSTOWN -- A trumpet wailed, a trombone growled and a clarinet embroidered the tune.
It was a day of jazz, as about 200 students from Washington County Public Schools presented Swingin' in the Park, an annual program that showcases the talents of both middle and high school bands.
The Saturday concert was held in the band shell at City Park in Hagerstown before a sizable audience that soaked up the music.
Gary Rupert, band director at Smithsburg High School and one of the organizers of the event, said the program has been a tradition for a number of years and is an opportunity for students to showcase their talents.
Each group had 30 minutes of performance time, he said.
"One of the nice things is this is not a competitive setting," Rupert said. "It's a chance for the students to perform, as well as listen to their peers from other schools."