Crowd cheers cavalcade of bands

September 25, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • James Buchanan High School's marching band performs at the 34th annual Autumn Festival Saturday night on Kaley Field in Greencastle, Pa.
By Roxann Miller/Staff Writer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — The home bleachers of Greencastle-Antrim’s Kaley Field were packed with spectators who came to watch Saturday’s Cavalcade of Bands field competition.

The 34th annual Autumn Festival, sponsored by the Greencastle-Antrim Band Boosters, featured five high school bands — James Buchanan, South Hagerstown, Littlestown, New Oxford and Francis Scott Key.

The Greencastle-Antrim Middle School band opened the competition by performing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and the Greencastle-Antrim High School band closed the show to cheers with an exhibition performance of its 2011 program, “Moravian Folk Rhapsody.”

Bands from Shippensburg (Pa.) University and Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va., also performed exhibitions.

Greencastle-Antrim High School’s drum major, Ethan Koons, said he likes playing on the new, turf field but it is still “a little spongy.”

“I think we did really well. Everything seemed together both musically and marching wise,” Koons said. “I really enjoy competing. I think it just brings out the best in all the musicians.”

Madeline Heraty, pit percussionist, agreed that the Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devil Marching Band performed well.

“It (competing) makes us feel like we need to step up our game, and it just makes us perform better,” Heraty said.

South High’s drum major Stephanie Swope said competition is part of being a musician.

“You get to meet new people, and you get to experience competing. It’s really thrilling,” Swope said.

She said her band has a busy competition schedule.

“We perform in a competition just about every weekend from September to November,” Swope said.

Littlestown High School marching band won first place in the independence division, against Francis Scott Key High School, with a score of 69.45.

James Buchanan’s marching band earned first place in the liberty division with a score of 63.7.

South High’s marching band took second place with a score of 75.75 in the Yankee division.

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