Laurel High School Band Places First In Tournament of Bands

Posted: 10/05/2009 by that's Elbert in Laurel Delaware, schools

The band of Frank Calio’s scorn made a major accomplishment this Saturday past. From the official press release (emphasis mine):

On Saturday, October 3, 2009, the Laurel High School Marching Bulldogs placed first in their class at Appoquinimink High School’s Tournament of Bands Invitational. The ensemble’s score of 82.35 is their highest score in the last 8 years and is a testament to the hard work and dedication of its 50 marching members. Currently, the band is ranked second in Group 2 Regional Class for all of Tournament of Bands (TOB) which includes programs in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and parts of Ohio, New York and North Carolina.

Drum majors Amber Cooper (senior) and Liz Waite (sophomore) led their peers to victory as they conducted the musical selections: Alacran, El Gato Triste, Los Conquistadores, and Fiesta Bahia. Section captains Brandon Niblett (junior) and Maura Pusey (junior) were instrumental in preparing their sections for all the performances this season, leading their sections by example and serving as mentors to rookie members. Drumline captains Justin Collins (senior) and Corey Johnson (senior) as well as stationary percussion ensemble captains Taryn Laux (senior) and Heather Melvin (senior) swelled with pride as their sections received the award for Best Percussion. Guard captains Kirstin Cook (senior) and Kari Noftsinger (senior) also demonstrated their Bulldog Pride when the colorguard was recognized as Best Auxillary in their class.

The 2009 Staff includes: Director, Brian Cass; Assistant Director, Mary Pierce-Cass; Colorguard Instructors, Lisa Bales and Alexis Musser; Percussion Instructor, John Turner; Videographer, Alan Bales. Special thanks to the family members of the Laurel High School Marching Band students, Laurel School District, and the Board of Education for all their support. Without them, this opportunity would not be possible.

The Laurel High School Marching Bulldogs are scheduled to perform at the William Penn Invitational at Frawley Stadium on Saturday, October 10, 2009 as well as Chapter 9 Championships hosted by Broadneck High School on Saturday, October 24, 2009. You can also catch a performance at any of the Laurel High School Home Football games as well as the Woodbridge, Indian River, and Seaford Away Football games. For more information, please contact Mr. Brian Cass at or (302) 875-6120 ex. 273.

Congratulations! We are proud of our Marching Bulldogs!


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