Words: Natalie Keane
On Monday, October 23, hundreds of Howard County’s marching band students from Hammond, Howard, Long Reach, Reservoir, and Centennial gathered onto Centennial’s turf to showcase their skills and dedication with the community.
Rather than competing against each other, the marching bands attending the showcase gave nothing but support to one another while others were performing. The routines were a great way for the marching bands to see the things that are happening outside of their school, as well as create bonds with students from other schools with the same interests.
“It’s wonderful to see our students develop relationships with students at other schools in a non-competitive atmosphere,” said David Matchim, Centennial’s band director.
The first showcase started in 2016, with only three schools, Hammond, Howard, and Centennial attending. This year, Long Reach and Reservoir also took part.
“We hope to have more schools participate in the future,” Matchim said.
No matter how large or small the bands were, the performances proved how much work each had put into the shows since August.