The Liberty High School Lions’ Pride Marching Band earned first place at the Maryland/Virginia/West Virginia Region V Championships with a score of 96.40 and awards for High Music and High Percussion. The band has been ranked 1st on the Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast for Group 3 Open Class all season.
The Atlantic Coast Championships will be held on Sunday, November 4, 2018, and the Lions are in a good position to win. A win at the ACC Championships would be an event 40 years in the making for Liberty High School and a massive achievement for a Carroll County and Maryland area band.
The Lions’ Pride Marching Band’s 2018 show is titled Beneath the Surface. It’s about being your true authentic self, celebrating individuality, and pushing aside the negativity and stressors that steal our joy. It resonates deeply with students and staff, and has received extremely favorable reviews.
The band is under the direction of Brandi D. Jason, Instrumental Music Director. Staff include: David Fisher (Assistant Band Director); Tom Vail and Owen Borders (Marching and Maneuvering); Kenny Gleisner, Brian Foltz, Christian Bachman (Battery); Jim Hagan and Ali Adamson (Front Ensemble); Sara McDougall, Christine Metzger and Katie Greco (Color Guard). The design team is Brian Thompson (winds arrangement), Alex Crowley (percussion arrangement) and Bobby Jones (drill design).
The Lions' Pride Marching Band is led onto the field of competition by 2017 Atlantic Coast Championship drum major Maya Lee. Student section leaders are Natalie Beller (Horn Sargent and saxes/flute), Cassandra Shaddock (clarinets), Emily Parent (trumpet), Andrew Barker (low brass), Jack Vaccarino (battery), Ciara Marshall (front ensemble), Emma Warner and Nina Elsner (color guard). Student soloists are Natalie Beller, Jarek Jason, Madaline Marland and Collin O’Haro (saxophone quartet) and Andrew Barker (trombone).