Staff Writer and Co-Editor-in-Chief
With the highest score they received this season, the Marching Lions took home the title of champions of the Patriot A Class at the Cavalcade of Band Championships on Nov. 9.
The band performed their show “Immortal” for the very last time at Millersville University in front of numerous judges and over 110 band fans in attendance just for the Marching Lions.
“We’ve been waiting for a show like this, and you gave it to us,” band director Curtis Crone said to the group after arriving back to the school.
Color Guard instructor and Latin teacher Melanie Keagy said the performance was the best of the season, and that the win “challenges us to get better and better.”
Along with five other bands, the band waited nervously for the judges to finish calculating scores and designating awards. The Lions’ performance earned them first place with a score of 92.5 and four secondary awards: high overall effect, high visual performance, high music performance, and best percussion.
The drumline was proud to learn that they won best percussion by nineteen points, a feat rewarded by doughnuts for the section. Senior drum major Anna Lorenzen said the win was “Well-earned. We had a great season from the start….it’s a big deal.”
The current seniors also won championships their freshman year with the show “24 Frames Per Second.” “[This win] brings back a lot of great memories. It’s nice to relive it. Now underclassmen can have their own experience,” Lorenzen said.
In 14 years of competing, the Marching Lions have now been victorious at championships three times, in 2008, 2011 and now 2014.
The Red Lion community also showed their support for the band by lining up in the square and cheering as the buses drove by after winning. A Fire and Rescue Officer also escorted them through the streets.
The band recently learned the theme of their 2015 field show at their banquet on November 17th. It’s titled “Uprising” and will feature music from Les Miserables and The 1812 Overture. “We’ve done Les Mis and the 1812 Overture but we’ve never done them together so I’m excited!” said Director Crone when asked on the selection of the shows theme.