At the January 26, 2017 meeting, the Board of Education honored the Patuxent High School (PHS) marching band in recognition of the state championship the group earned this year.
Under the leadership of new director Stephen Lane, the PHS band enjoyed a myriad of successes this year. Their season culminated with a State Championship in Group IIA at the Maryland State Championship and a 3rd place finish at the US Bands National Championship in Allentown, PA, at which the band achieved a score of 94.15, its highest competitive score in school history. The band’s student leadership team is comprised of Emily Wose, Lily Hensler, Sarah Fyock, Kelsey Duprey, Daniel Short, Brandon Alexander, Travis Scott, Matt Becker, Armani Claggett, Paul “Mako” Robeson and Melanie Baugher.
Marching bands from the other three Calvert County high schools also ended the season on a high note.
The Northern High Patriot Marching Band, under the direction of Russell Bly, concluded the season at the US Bands Maryland State Championship on October 29, 2016, held at Towson University in Towson, MD. The band’s show “Turbocharged!” earned 4th place in a tight competition with the top three bands.
The Huntingtown High Hurricane Marching Band, under the direction of Dr. Donald Naumann, captured its ninth Tournament of Bands, Chapter IX Championship Title in Group II. In addition, the band finished in 7th place out of the top 20 Group II bands at the Atlantic Coast Championships held at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA on October 30, 2016. Since the opening of Huntingtown High School, the Marching Hurricanes have earned nine consecutive Chapter XI championships and one US Bands State title in 2012.
The Calvert High School Band, under the direction of new director Demetri Bedel, ended their season with their highest score of the year at the US Bands National Championships in Allentown, PA on November 6, 2016. The students demonstrated maturity and effort every time they took the field and were able to increase their score each week of the season.