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Northwest’s “Marching Dead” Bring Home State Championship



As all zombie movie fans know, the dead can walk. At Northwest, the dead also march — and do The Lindy, and win a Maryland State Championship.

The Northwest High School Marching Jaguar Band took home the school’s first “real” state championship by winning the USBands Maryland State Championship at Towson University on Saturday, Oct. 21.

The band’s 2017 show is called, “The Marching Dead” complete with zombies and a story about how “music heals everything” won the Group II-A Championship with a score of 89.575. The Marching Jags beat eight other bands in their group from around Maryland.


While this is not the first time the Northwest band has been crowned champs, it is the first time it really means something, according to Northwest Marching Band Director Emily Carpenter. “Technically the band won the state championship in 2009. However, they were the only band in their division, so they won by default. As far as we are concerned, it is the first time we have truly won the state championship.”

The Marching Jags also won awards in specialty categories of Music, Visual, and Overall General Effect. “It is rare that one band gets all three of these caption awards, so it was a big deal for us,” said Carpenter.

While the program was about a zombie apocalypse, it is pretty uplifting, according to Carpenter, who took over the Northwest Marching Jags two years ago. “The show is called ‘The