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HIGH LIFE : A WEEKLY FORUM FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS : Marching Bands Take Honors in Tournament

December 09, 1988

Orange County high school marching bands won a number of awards at the 15th Tournament of Champions competition Saturday at Santa Ana Stadium.

The tournament culminates a season of competition during October and November throughout Southern California.

Twenty-four of the top marching bands in the Southland, along with auxiliary units, were selected to compete in the Tournament of Champions, which was held in conjunction with The Times Orange County Holiday Parade.

The 11 county teams chosen to participate won these awards:

* Drill team sweepstakes--Esperanza High School.

* Rifle sweepstakes--Magnolia.

* Drum majors military--Mater Dei (first place), Valencia (second), Magnolia (third), El Dorado (fourth).

* Drum majors mace--Kennedy (tied for third).

* Percussion Class A--El Dorado (first), Savanna (second), El Toro (third); Class AA--Mission Viejo (second); Open--Magnolia (first), Mater Dei (third).

* Drill team--Savanna (third), Loara (fourth), Mater Dei (seventh).

* Rifles--Mission Viejo (second), Esperanza (third), Cypress (fourth).

* Tall flags Class A--Kennedy (first), Esperanza (second), Cypress (third), Savanna (fourth); Class AA--Mission Viejo (third); Open--Mater Dei (first), Magnolia (second).

* Band review Class A--Cypress (first); Open--Magnolia (third).

* Field tournament Class A--El Toro (third); Open--Magnolia (third).

* Combined band review and field show Class A--Cypress (first), El Toro (third), Kennedy (fourth); Open--Magnolia (second), Mater Dei (third).

Poway High School of San Diego County was named the competition's grand champion.

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