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Twenty-four members of the MCHS Drum Line pose with the Best Drum Line trophy.

HARRISBURG – Since 2018, the Mifflin County High School Marching Band has been the Tournament of Bands Group 3-A Atlantic Coast Champion for the second time.

The group finished first and won the title Sunday night at Central Dauphin’s Landis Field in Harrisburg.

The group also won specialty awards for Best Music, Best Visual, Best Drum Line, and Best Guard.

The Mifflin County group had 93.75, the highest score ever and the highest score of any class 3-A group in the TOB group this year.

Group Director Art Belfiore said: “I have been impressed with the squad throughout the season. They’ve had setbacks every fall and have always come back from adversity stronger. They have really proven that they are Champions tonight.

Snare drummer Katie Rupert said: “I’m glad my last year in the squad ended so well. I’m so proud of everyone in the group for what we’ve accomplished this year.

Seniors Allison Snyder and Jenalee Smith have agreed, “It’s the best feeling, and there’s no way to describe it in words.”

Junior Guard and Soloist Kaitlyn LeFevre said: “As soon as we finished our performance, I started to cry because I had a perfect show.”

Another grade 11 guard and soloist Olivia Niman said: “the feeling was truly indescribable, and I’m glad I got to experience this with my brother for the past four years.”

Danny Garner notably received a senior TOB scholarship of $ 1,500. Each year, TOB awards more than $ 30,000 in scholarships to seniors who apply, and Garner is the fourth member of the MCHS Marching Band to win the award.

When the group returned to Lewistown, they were met at Mifflin County Middle School for a victory parade through town led by numerous fire trucks representing fire companies from across Mifflin County.

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