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Hurricanes sweep competition

The Citrus High School Hurricane Marching Band won first place in its division and also won the grand champion award at the Heart of Florida Classic competition Saturday at Haines City High School.

The Hurricanes' first-place finish in the 2A division allows the band to compete Saturday at the Florida State Marching Band Championship at Cypress Creek High School in Orlando.

The competition at Haines City featured 10 bands, of which half were in the 2A division. The Hurricanes received an 85.8 of a possible 100 score and were ranked first in their division, which is based on class size, and first overall among all bands competing.

The judging was based on the scoring of the music, both as a group and by individuals; the general effect of the performance; the visual effect of the performance; and separate scoring of the percussion, auxiliary and drum major units.

Hurricane drum major Maggie Lanigan, 16, said the band performed a marching routine named Caliente de Muerta, which is Spanish for "the warmth of death."

Among the musical selections were La Suerte de los Santos (The Luck of the Saints) and Pictures of Spain.

"The weather wasn't too bad, though it was sprinkling when we performed," Lanigan said.

The band is under the direction of Jason Koon, who was unavailable for comment due to a death in the family, according to Citrus High officials.