The 2018 - 2019 Marching Lions
Band held their 2018 Band Camp on July 23 - 27 and July 30 - August 3, from
8AM-5PM at the High School. During the two weeks,
they worked on the Music and Drill for the 2018 field
show, "A Brave New World".
On September 15th, the
Marching Lions Band traveled to Middletown High School’s
Cavalier Stadium in Middletown, DE for their first
competition of the season. After another week of very hard
work and putting more of the show on the field, the band
started their season with a score of 74.9.
On September 22nd, the
Marching Lions Band attended their second competition that
was held at home. With a week of working to finish putting
the rest of the show on the field, the kids showed that
hard work in their performance that earned them an
increase in their score of 4.15 points for a score of
On September 29th, the
Marching Lions Band was to attend their third competition
of the season at Elkton High School. However, after
the amount of rain that they received this week and having
had two home football games played on the field, it was
decided that the condition of the field would be unsafe to
march on. As a result the Elkton HS T.O.B. was
On October 6th, the
Marching Lions Band was finally able to attend their third
competition of the season after having a week off due to
the Elkton HS competition being cancelled. They
attended the competition that was hosted at Appoquinimnk
High School, in Middletown, DE. After getting to put
in a great week's worth of work on cleaning various
aspects of the show, the kids showed off that hard work in
their performance that earned them an increase in their
score of 2.6 points over two weeks ago, for a score of
81.65 earning them a 3rd Place finish.
On October 13th, the
Marching Lions Band gave another outstanding performance
at the Parkside High School Delmarvacade of Bands. This
was their 4th and final regular season competition of the
season. After another week of hard work on detailing
various parts of the show, the kids gave a performance
that earned them another increase in score by 3.25 points
for score of 84.9.
On October 16th, the
Combined Concert Band (Symphonic and Concert), along with
the Concert Choir and some of the Dance Classes presented
their Annual Pops Concert, "A Night at the Movies".
All three disciplines gave great performances to a large
crowd that was in attendance.
On October 19th, the
Marching Lions Band had a very busy day as they prepared
for their Regional Championships that were to be held on
October 20th, as well as prepare for the QACHS Homecoming
Parade, Mass Band Pre-Game, and Half Time performance.
They helped bring the Homecoming Parade to a close as they
marched from Kennard Elementary School performing "The
Pink Panther" as well as "The QACHS Fight Song".
During their Pre-Game performance with the Sudlersville
and Centreville Middle School Marching Bands, they
performed a special arrangement of "America the Beautiful"
before playing the National Anthem. During their
half-time performance, they presented their 2018
production of "A Brave New World" to the home crowd for
the very first time. Among the excitement of hearing
all that the band played throughout the evening, there was
also a positive buzz about how well the band looked in the
new uniforms and marching behind the new parade banner
during the parade as well.
On October 20th,
Marching Lions Band gave their best performance of the
season at the T.O.B. Chapter 9 Championships that brought
their regular competition season to a close. With this
they earned a score of 87.8, earning them a third place
finish out of three bands as a Group 2 Open. This score
is an improvement of 12.9 points across 5 weeks. Along
with this accomplishment, they also brought home the
awards for 3rd Place Music, 3rd Place Visual, 3rd Place
Percussion, 3rd Place Auxiliary (Color Guard), and 3rd
Place Drum Major.
On October 28th, the
Marching Lions Band competed in their final completion of
the season at the Tournament of Bands Group 2 Open
Atlantic Coast Championship held in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
The band had to qualify for this competition last week,
and did so at number 15. After giving a great final
performance, they improved their rank from number 15 going
in to placing number 14 with a score of 87.05.
On November 10th, the
Marching Lions Band traveled to WJZ TV13 studios to
support the QACHS It's Academic Team during their game
show taping. The Band was especially proud to be
supporing one of the members of the team who is also a
member of the QACHS Symphonic Band. It was a very
fun experience for all.
On November 30th, the
Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band presented
their 2018 Sounds of the Holiday Season Winter Concert in
the lobby and the John F. Andrews Performing Arts Center.
After a great evening of performances, the concert was
unfortunately cut short by one selection as a result of a
light that was left plugged in on a catwalk that began to
smolder the wood. After the smell of smoke was
investigated by a few first responders in the audience,
the school was evacuated for a short period of time, until
the situation was taken care of.
On December 7th, the
QACHS Marching Lions Band helped lead the way in the 2018
Centreville Christmas parade. The parade began at
the high school before progressing down and through
downtown and then returning back to the high school to
On January 26th, QACHS had 12 students that traveled to Mardela
Middle/High School in Mardela Springs, MD to audition for
a position in the 2019 Sr. All-Shore Band. It was a
very successful day for the 10 students that
made a placement.
Chair 1 – Courtney A.
Flute Chair 2 – Kate T.
Clarinet Chair 11 – Christina L.
Alto Saxophone Chair 1
– Sarah P
Tenor Saxophone Chair 2 – Norman D.
Trumpet Chair 4 – Benton G.
Baritone Chair 1 – Alex H.
Baritone Chair 3 – Julia J.
Trombone Chair 7 – Grace M.
Snare Chair 3 – Olivia G.
On February 21st, QACHS
had 40 students that traveled to North Caroline High
School to perform and be adjudicated at the
V Solo and
These 40 students performed as a part of 28 different
events made up of solos, duets, trios, and quartets that
were all student led and rehearsed. The outcome of the
day is as follows: 20 Superior Ratings, 7 Excellent
Ratings, and 1 Rating of Good. The 20 groups that
received the Superior Ratings have qualified to go on to
the Maryland State
Solo and Ensemble
Festival that will be held at
Towson University in May.
On March 13th, the QACHS
Concert Band and Symphonic
Band both traveled to Wicomico
High School in Salisbury to attend the 2019
Festival. This is an annual
District Evaluation where each
group plays a warm-up selection, and two other prepared
selections that are for evaluation on stage and then move
to another room to go through a Sight Reading Assessment.
Both groups presented an excellent performance on stage
and did an amazing job in sight reading. The Concert
Band received three "Excellent"
Ratings for their stage performance, and a "Superior"
rating in Sight Reading for an overall "Excellent" rating
for the day. The Symphonic Band
received two "Excellent" and one "Superior" ratings on
stage, and a "Superior" rating in Sight Reading for an
overall "Excellent" rating for the day as well.
On April 3rd and 4th,
QACHS was host to the 2019 All-Shore Band Rehearsals and
Concert. 2019 Junior Band was under the direction of
guest conductor Andrew Spang, and the Senior Band was
under the direction of guest conductor, Dr. Christopher
Cicconi. It was an outstanding evening of Music presented
by both bands.
On May 3rd, the Concert
Band, Symphonic Band, and Marching Lions Band presented
their 2019 Spring Concert in the John F. Andrews
Performing Arts Center. It was a great evening of
music that was enjoyed by everyone.
On May 7th, QACHS hosted
the 16th Annual QACHS Night of Jazz. The evening
featured performances from both the QACHS Jazz Ensemble as
well as the CMS Jazz Ensemble. It was an evening of
Jazz that was enjoyed by a full house.
On May 25th, the QACHS
Marching Lions Band marched as a part of the 2019
Chestertown Tea Party Festival Colonial Parade. As a
result of the excellent performance that they gave at the
Judges' Reviewing Stand, the Marching Lions were awarded
the Second Place Marching Band award. This brought
the performances for the 2018-2019 Marching Lions Band to