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
“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.