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Marching Band Season Concludes with Awards

Words: Thomas Hitt

Photos: Ellie Zoller-Gritz

The Centennial Marching Band concluded their season on October 29, by having an awards ceremony and potluck dinner.

While everyone finished eating, each section was called up one at a time to receive superlatives made by the section leaders of each section. From funny, to caring and most improved, all the superlatives were a great way to thank each student for their participation in a great marching band season.

After spending time eating, talking and receiving awards, the students moved to the auditorium where the seniors gave small, moving speeches about their experiences throughout their years of marching band.

After every senior had a chance to speak, all parents were invited into the auditorium to watch a slideshow of the marching band season with the students.

The slideshow included a collection of the highlights and best moments of marching band camp and memories throughout the season.

As it was an emotional time for seniors, it was also a joyous time for everyone as the marching band celebrated the season with a potluck dinner and fun awards.

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High School Band Day at The University of Maryland

Words & Photos: Thomas Hitt

On Saturday, October 27, the University of Maryland marching band, the Mighty Sound of Maryland, hosted a high school band day.

High school band day allowed high school band students to spend the day with the Maryland band and perform with them during halftime at the football game. Students from around the state participated in this event, including marching bands from Howard, Centennial and Long Reach High Schools.

These students shadowed the Maryland marching band for the whole day. They started out the day by participating in the game day rehearsal, where they followed behind the band. The high school musicians marched with the Mighty Sound of Maryland to the field. They also were able to play with the Maryland marching band during halftime, including the customary “5th quarter.”

Afterwards, the high school band students sat with the Maryland marching band and joined in for cheering and playing of pep tunes.

This event allowed high school band students to experience what it is like to be in the Mighty Sound of Maryland.

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Centennial Travels to Hammond for a Marching Band Showcase

Words: Thomas Hitt

On the night of Tuesday, October 23, Hammond High School hosted a marching band showcase featuring Wilde Lake, Howard, Hammond, Long Reach, Reservoir, and Centennial.

In past years, Centennial has hosted the marching band showcase. However, this year it took place at Hammond High School.

The marching bands performed according to size, the smallest playing first and the largest playing last. Centennial was the last band to perform for the night, due to the quantity of band members.

The performance started at around 7:00, however Centennial didn’t perform until 8:15.

The performances were extraordinary, showing a great array of talent among members of the marching bands.

After Centennial performed, a fun tradition continued as the drumline from Centennial, Long Reach, and Howard played several different chants and beats as band members gathered around to cheer and clap.

The showcase event was a great opportunity for several marching bands to come out and be supportive of the other groups. This event was also a good opportunity for the marching bands to see what others are performing at halftime shows for home football games.

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Centennial Students Show School Spirit by Participating in USA Day

Words: Thomas Hitt

Photos: Eliza Andrews

Students of Centennial High School continue to show great spirit this week as homecoming approaches. For USA Day, many students wore patriotic colors, red, white, and blue, while others were wearing similarly colored Centennial spirit wear.

Students were asked not to wear the American flag as an accessory or cape as it shows disrespect to our country. Fortunately, students complied to that request.

​Centennial’s spirit week is always a popular event since many students and staff participate. With that being said, let’s jump out of the present and travel into the past and enjoy decades day tomorrow.


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