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BHS Wins Tournament of Bands

Biglerville High School’s young marching band accomplished its goal to place in the top 10 at the Atlantic Coast Championships. But there was a bigger surprise in store for the band as they heard the competitions results—they had earned first placed. 

The championships were held in Hershey on Sunday, November 3. Band Director Jamie Cope, who has been Biglerville’s band director for more than 30 years, said that after losing 12 seniors, placing within the top 10 would be a solid achievement for this year's band. The band is extremely young, with nearly one third of the current members coming from the middle-school grades.

“I’m just very happy that our band could achieve that with so many new people because we lost a lot of seniors,” said senior Julie Leinbach, co-drum major.

The BHS Marching Band outperformed 18 other bands from across seven states to take the top honors.

The bands were graded on a 100-point scale, where Biglerville (95.75) outscored second place rivals Donegal High School (95.6) and third place Hadon Heights (93.8). Biglerville also took honors in awards for overall music, visual, and best brass.