CUMBERLAND — The Allegany High School Marching Band completed its fall competitive season by finishing third out of 17 bands with a score of 96.85 in the Group 2 Open Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Marching Band Championships in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Allegany won the award for Best Auxiliary for the fifth time in the last seven years. West Deptford High School of New Jersey finished first with a score of 98.70.
Group 2 consists of 31 to 50 playing members and up to 50 color guard members. The Tournament of Bands conducts season ending championships in two classes of competition, Open Class and A Class, with the Open Class being the higher quality and more prestigious. The Tournament of Bands and the National Judges Association coordinate the fall competitive high school marching band season for the region covered by Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia and Virginia.
The Allegany High School Marching Band has been the chapter/region Open Class champion of its group in 20 of the last 22 years, has captured many state championships and has finished the last 22 seasons at the Atlantic Coast Championships as a top 10 open finalist. Allegany has five second place and six third place finishes in open competition during that 22-year period, more than any other band in TOB history.
The band consists of 38 playing members and 25 auxiliary members and is led by Drum Major Josey Zenger, Battery Percussion Leader Jackson Hendershot and Pit Percussion Leader Daniel Schneider. Larry T. Jackson is the director.