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Boonsboro High senior wins marching band honor two years in a row

November 13, 2011|By MEGAN MOWEN | megan.mowen@herald-mail.com
  • Kacey Clark, a senior at Boonsboro High School, recently received the Best Drum Major Award for the second consecutive year at the Tournament of Bands Championship.
By Yvette May/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — A Boonsboro High School senior received the Best Drum Major Award for the second consecutive year at the Tournament of Bands Championship.

Kacey Clark, 17, daughter of Kingsley and Kim Clark of Boonsboro, has been involved in her high school band for four years, playing trombone and leading the band as the drum major for the past two years.

“Joining the band is the best decision I have ever made,” she said. “I have had a great leadership opportunity.”

With the Nov. 6 Tournament of Bands, or TOB, award, Clark is given the opportunity to again lead the Tournament of Bands All-Star Band in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.

She also receives the TOB Group 4 Scholarship of $500 through her band involvement.

“If you know Kacey, then you know that to her, the band’s success is more important than her personal success,” said Band Director Micah Socks. “She is a great leader and inspires others to be better.”

Clark won the award and trophy after leading her band in the Atlantic Coast Championship Group 4 Tournament of Bands at Hershey (Pa.) Park Stadium.

The TOB is a large nonprofit band organization that organizes and hosts competitions for middle, junior high, senior high and college bands across the country.

Bands participating in the TOB are separated into four groups baased on size, Clark said. Group 1 is for smaller bands, and Group 4 is for larger bands.

With about 80 band members, Boonsboro High School falls into the Group 4 category, Socks said.

“There were 15 other bands in our group that we competed against,” Clark said.

As the band performs, a judge is watching the drum major for consistency, band response, complexity and success of the piece, she said.

Clark will lead the All-Star Band in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade with the three drum majors who won the same award in their own groups.

“The All-Star Band is made up of the best instrument players,” she said. “There are about 200 to 250 members who march that day.”

Clark, who said she can’t wait to march in the Thanksgiving parade again, recalled that last year it snowed during the event.

“With only the day before the parade to practice, we (the four drum majors) have to communicate quickly,” she said. “But I get to meet so many different people, and I have fun.”

She said she especially likes the fact that many band members can come together and forget that they come from different schools.

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