AUBURN – The 15th annual Twin Cities Marching Band Show season opened on Sept. 17 at a show co-hosted by Edward Little and Lewiston high schools at Edward Little High School.

Six bands from central and southern Maine attended the first show of the regular season sponsored by the Maine Band Directors Association.

Biddeford, Leavitt, Old Orchard Beach and South Portland were the other high schools present. Due to the high predictions of inclement weather and early rains, the show was moved indoors. The bands performed in stand-still concert formations for adjudicators and an audience.

A modified judging format was used and the normal panel of eight judges was split into two four-person teams. The teams alternated judging the bands and providing immediate clinic/critiques following their performance. The bands were awarded star ratings for general effect, music, percussion, drum major, visual and color guard as well as an overall star rating.

Edward Little and Lewiston received an overall rating of one star. They each received two stars ratings for drum major, and Edward Little also received two stars for music performance.

Biddeford, Leavitt, Old Orchard Beach and South Portland all received an overall rating of two stars. Biddeford received three stars for percussion, and South Portland received three stars for drum major and music.

The next show will be 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Wells High School. The bands appearing will be Biddeford, Dover, Edward Little, Lewiston, Marshwood, Old Orchard Beach, Portsmouth, Sanford, South Portland and Wells. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens.

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