Middletown High School won the Group II-Open division, while in the Group III Open division, Appoquinimink finished second by less than half a point at the Tournament of Bands Chapter IX Championships Saturday, hosted by Appoquinimink High School.
The Cavalier Marching Band scored a 90.15 out of 100, taking first place in Group II over Northeast (87.05). Patuxent (84.75) was third, and Wicomico placed fourth with an 80.55. Group II is for bands with 31 to 50 musicians and a maximum of 50 auxiliary (bandfront). In addition to taking the group title, Middletown also won the following awards: first place for music, first for visual performance, first for auxiliary (bandfront), second place for drum major, and second for percussion.
In Group III-Open, the winner was Parkside High School with a score of 91.85. Appoquinimink placed second with a 91.40. James M. Bennett was third with a 90.75, followed by Concord, fourth with an 88.20; William Penn, fifth with an 83.80; Cape Henlopen, sixth with a 76.70, and Meade, seventh with a 73.40.
Along with the second place trophy in the group competition, Appoquinimink also won the following awards: first place for visual performance, first for drum majors, first for auxiliary (bandfront), and third place for music.
The Chapter IX Championships featured a total of 21 bands in the Delaware, southern Maryland, and Chesapeake region.
Bands could compete in the "Open" class for more experienced groups, or in the "A" class for less experienced groups. In each class, bands are divided according to size, with "Group I" for the smallest bands up to "Group IV" for the largest bands.
Other division winners were:
Queen Anne's County, Group I-Open, 84.65
Cab Calloway, Group IV-Open, 93.20.
Brandyine, Group I-A, 88.10
Lake Forest, Group II-A, 85.45.
Polytech, Group III-A, 88.90.