Crofton Band Marches at Pierce and Harvest of Harmony
The Crofton Marching Band went to the Pierce Marching Competition on Wednesday, October 4. The band has been going to this competition for the past eight years, competing with bands mostly from the Mid States conference and around the area. “Performing is a huge part of the music standarding. Participating in each competition allows us to meet that standard, as well as develop as a band with each judge’s comments” said Crofton band director, Ashley Leader. “Each time you perform you hope that you achieve a higher standard and put on a show for the audience as well as reap the benefit of awards for our community and school.”
Within the past eight years of performing in this competition, the Crofton Marching Band has received a Division II rating in their first year and maintained a high score in the Division I rating since then. There is no telling how many bands will be competing in these kinds of competitions because it varies year to year depending on each school’s individual schedule. The Crofton Marching Band has already competed in the Columbus Marching Invite where they received a Division I rating and the top placement amount among Class C and D bands. They also performed at Harvest of Harmony on Saturday, Oct. 7 where the band took second in Class C marching and a superior rating for their field show. They will also be performing at the Quad State Marching Competition on Saturday, Oct. 21.
“I am really proud of the band this year” said Leader. “They are putting a level of music performed by a college band on the field. This is usually something not attempted by a Class C band. In a band this size everyone has to play and give 100% all of the time and these students step up to the challenge every day. They are truely individuals that represent this school and community to the highest level.”