Marching Band Kudos

Congratulations to the 2018 Cavalier Marching Band for a great job at the Century HS Marching Band Competition! I know that some of you are dissapointed by our score and/or ranking. I'm not. We're doing the best we can with what we have. This was our first competition of the season and the judges gave us some excellent baseline data. We need to celebrate what we're doing well and strive to do better in those areas that need work.

Kyle will be sending marching band members the scores, judges' comments and video of the performance. Please watch the video and listen to the judges' comments BEFORE Tuesday's rehearsal. After watching/listening, please identify at least three things that you'd like to improve before the Westminster HS competition next weekend. Be prepared to share your responses at Tuesday's rehearsal.

I just saw my comments from last year at this time and think that they're even more relevant this year. You're doing so many things so right:

Represent. Entertain. Have fun. Don't get hurt.

First and foremost, you represented. Everyone was on the buses early. Everyone helped each other. Everyone was respectful of the other bands who were competing. Win! I was in the audience during your performance and heard the enthusiastic applause and positive comments. I saw your faces right after the show - they were the faces of performers who gave everything they had for the sake of an excellent performance. Your efforts definitely connected with the audience. Win! The competition was both mentally and physically taxing but you rose to the challenge. I talked with many of you during the course of the day to see how you were doing. Based on your individual responses and my observations, you enjoyed being part of something larger than yourself and giving your all to make it successful. I have the pictures to prove it. Win!

Unfortunately, we did have a few minor injuries today. I'm glad that they were all performance-related and not due to horsing-around. Nonetheless, the staff will discuss what we can do to reduce future performance injuries. Partial Win.

Thank you to everyone who made our first competition a success!


In the 1980s, South Carroll High School had one of the largest marching bands in the region. However, the marching band dwindled and eventually died in the early 2000s due to a variety of factors. Fortunately, construction of the new South Carroll High School fine arts wing in 2010 brought new life to the instrumental music program as well as other arts programs, including drama and chorus.

In 2013, the South Carroll Band Boosters and Band Director John Stevenson partnered with faculty, parents, alumni, business sponsors, and community organizations to organize a campaign called "Bring Back the Band" to raise funds to re-establish the South Carroll High School marching band.

In 2014, the South Carroll High School fielded their first marching band in over a decade. They performed a limited show at home varsity football games.

The band began attending competitions in 2015 and 2016 for 'comments only'. By 2017 the band had matured enough that they began competing for ratings and rankings.