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Blue Wave Band competes in Tournament of Bands at Hersheypark Stadium

Posted 11/8/17

In addition to their performances at football games, community parades and school functions, the Middletown Area High School Blue Wave Marching Band competed in the Tournament of Bands sponsored by …

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Blue Wave Band competes in Tournament of Bands at Hersheypark Stadium

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In addition to their performances at football games, community parades and school functions, the Middletown Area High School Blue Wave Marching Band competed in the Tournament of Bands sponsored by the National Judges Association over the weekend. 

The Blue Wave Band finished 16th in Group 2-Open Class at the ACC Championships held at Hersheypark Stadium on Sunday. The band had a score of 86.55. 

TOB features three levels of competition for high school marching bands: Open Class, A Class and Festival Class. Open Class is the highest level of competition. TOB divides bands into four groups based on band size. The Blue Wave Band competes in Group 2, which is for bands of 36 to 50 musicians.

The band competed in A Class from 2010-2016. The Band won A Class Championships in 2010 and 2016. The Band won A Class Chapter 6 Championships in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016. The band did not compete in Chapter Championships in 2014-2015 due to Homecoming conflicts. 

The band scored high enough last year in A Class Championships that TOB promoted the band to Open Class. 

“We could have petitioned TOB to stay in A Class. However, the students of the band decided that it was not the Raider Way to take the easy road,” said Samuel K. Fisher, MAHS band director.

“One thing that makes the MAHS Blue Wave Band so special is that over 60 percent of the students in the band also play a fall sport. Our band remained competitive with bands that do not allow this accommodation, because our students and community really believe in training the whole child and well-roundedness,” he said.

There were 25 bands that competed in TOB Group 2 Open Class, and 42 bands competed in TOB Group 2 A Class.

“In essence, the band finished 16th of 67 bands in Group 2 Open and A Class this season,” Fisher said.

The band will continue to perform the field show and pep songs as the football team competes in the playoffs. The band will perform at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World next week, and then participate in a clinic with nationally acclaimed Disney musicians in backstage Epcot later in the day.

Season results include:

Sept. 21: First place at the Bishop McDevitt Band Competition.

Sept. 28: Fourth place at the Mechanicsburg Band Competition.

Oct. 14: First place at the Central Dauphin Band Competition after Homecoming game.

Oct. 21: Second place at Region VI Championships at Donegal High School.

Nov. 5: 16th place with a score of 86.55 at Atlantic Coast Championships at Hersheypark Stadium, 0.15 away from 15th place. Sub-caption ranks were color guard, eighth place; brass, 13th place; woodwinds, 13th place; percussion, 17th place; drum major, 18th place; music, 15th place; and visual, 18th place.

The jazz band and concert band (which features many of the same students in marching band) are preparing for the Winter Concert, which is free and open to the public. It will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 in the MAHS Auditorium.


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