St. Mary's County Public Schools' Marching Bands Winning Season
Dr. Michael J. Martirano, Superintendent of Schools, 301-475-5511, ext. 178
Ms. Linda J. Dudderar, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, 301-475-5511, ext. 108
LEONARDTOWN, MD - St. Mary’s County Public Schools is pleased to announce a winning season for all three local high school marching band programs. On November 10, 2012, Chopticon, Great Mills, and Leonardtown High Schools’ marching bands competed in the USBands National Championships. Both Chopticon and Leonardtown High Schools’ marching bands competed in the Group IIA finals held at the United States Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Maryland. Great Mills High School Marching Band competed in the Group III Open finals held at Giant’s Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Chopticon High School’s Marching Band was named Group IIA National Champions for the performance of their show “Elements”, a first in school history. They competed against bands from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia. They scored a 97.088, an all-time high score for the school. Multiple times throughout the season, the Chopticon High School Marching Band has earned caption awards for best effect, best music, and best visual performance, best guard, and best percussion. Director Todd Burroughs is a Chopticon High School alumni (1997) and veteran teacher with St. Mary’s County Public Schools. Under the direction of Mr. Burroughs, the band has earned four consecutive USBands Group IIA Maryland State Championships. They have also been invited to represent the state of Maryland and the USS Maryland in the Pearl Harbor Day Parade to take place in Hawaii this December.
Both Great Mills and Leonardtown High Schools’ marching bands placed in the top half of their competition groups. Great Mills High School Marching Band, under the direction of Robert Mattera, earned a score of 92.175 for the performance of their show “Valiant Knight: Stand True for Honor and Duty”, an all-time high score for the school. Throughout the season they earned caption awards for best music, best visual, best effect, best guard, and best percussion. Leonardtown High School Marching Band, under the direction of Stephen Lane, earned a score of 91.35 for the performance of their show “Pirates of the Caribbean”, an all-time high score for the school. Throughout the season they also earned caption awards for best music, best visual, best effect, best guard, and best percussion.
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