Laurel High School Band Takes First Place

Senior Colorguard member Alexis Musser portrays the “Damsel in Distress” during the production number “Theme from Batman” during our first competition of the season help at Lake Forest High School this past Saturday.

Senior Colorguard member Alexis Musser portrays the “Damsel in Distress” during the production number “Theme from Batman” during our first competition of the season help at Lake Forest High School this past Saturday.

Press Release:

On Saturday, September 27th, 2008 the Laurel High School Marching Band scored 73.55 taking first place in Group 1 competition at Lake Forest High School. This marks a great achievement in the bands history and is a great reward for the continuing growth of the program. Senior Drum Major Ashley Cheeseman also brought home a trophy for 1st place Drum Major in Group 1 as well. There were no specialty judges for Percussion or Colorguard at the show, but both groups contribute significantly to the overall score. The bands score of 73.55 ranks us at fifth place in Group 1 Regional Class in all of Tournament of Bands, which includes bands from Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Virginia, and parts of Ohio, North Carolina, and New York.

The band will perform their 2008 competition show “Movies You Watch in the Dark” at all remaining home football games and the away games at Milford and Delmar. Remaining competitions include Broadneck High School (Annapolis, MD) on October 11th – 5PM, Delmarvacade of Bands (Wicomico County Stadium), on October 25th – 6:30PM, and Chapter 9 Championships Hosted by Broadneck HS, on November 1st -time TBA. Tickets for any of these events can be purchased at a discount from Mr. Cass the week of the show by email bcass@laurel.k12.de.us or reserve by phone 302-875-6120 x 273. The band appreciates the community support, and would like to see a great crowd at the Delmarvacade show on October 25th.

The LHS Band and Theatre boosters are having our next meeting on Thursday, October 16th at 7pm in the High School auditorium. Parents and community members alike are invited to be a part to help support both programs. The booster group assists with chaperoning, fundraising, and other activities to help support the positive growth and education of the students involved.

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5 Comments

  1. Wow! Big Congrats – what an accomplishment!

  2. I saw the band at the last LHS home football game. Frankly, I was very unimpressed and disappointed. Not with the band itself…they all played and performed wonderfully. But, the SIZE of the band is pathetic. If nothing else, this reinforces the need for better funding for arts and music programs in our schools. Kids who play instruments go to college more, have better grades, get into trouble less, and are more organized in general.

    We need more kids in band!

  3. The size of the marching band has grown over the last few years under Brian Cass’ leadership. From what I could tell, it looks like he got a decent amount of students moving up from the middle school. If that is an indicator of things to come, it certainly means we will see some growth there. In addition, if they continue to find success in competitions, that alone will attract the best musicians to the marching band. Everybody wants to be on a winning team!

  4. Thanks for the background. I hope you’re right and this momentum keeps moving us forward. I’m sure the local people are doing the right things, I just wish the State and the Feds would realize the importance of programs like this and give schools the resources they need to really bolster this stuff and make it popular among the high-schoolers. When my kids get high-school age, I want to be able to send them to Laurel High without even considering private school or choicing out. I know that’s a tall order, but everybody’s got a vision.

    Go Bulldogs!

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