CUMBERLAND — The driver of a charter bus carrying members of the Fort Hill High School Marching Band to a competition in Hershey, Pennsylvania, escaped injury Sunday afternoon when a wild turkey crashed into the windshield.
“It was wild," said Fort Hill instrumental teacher Joe Thompson, who is in his 13th year serving as the Fort Hill Marching Band director.
The band, loaded onto three Bollman charter buses, was on its way to Hershey Park Stadium to compete in the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championships.
It was about 1:45 p.m. when the second bus of the three was hit, Thompson said. Forty-five band members and chaperones were on the bus.
“The driver was not injured, but we were picking glass off his hat and out of his beard,” Thompson said, adding some students were also hit by flying glass, but also weren’t injured.
There were 104 students and 10 chaperones on the trip. The group’s travel was delayed by a half-hour.
“We boarded the other buses and then another bus was brought in for our transportation.
“We’ve had similar issues in the past, like a bus breakdown, but we have contingency plans to deal with them,” Thompson said.
As for the tournament, the band fared well, he said.
“We did really well and placed 11th. We also recorded the second-highest score in our school history with 90.4,” Thompson said.
Eighteen bands took part in the tournament. Sunday marked the fourth time the Fort Hill Marching Band has participated in the tournament.
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