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Tribute to Andrea Birdcreek

Andrea Annette Birdcreek, former baton twirling champion and nationally renowned baton twirling coach and judge, died at home August 11 after a 16 year battle with breast cancer.

Andrea was 60 years old.  She graduated from Bladensburg High School in 1964.

She began baton twirling at the age of 13 at her cousin’s Sharon Carrico Campbell’s dance studio. She achieved much success as a competitive baton twirler, winning the 2 Baton and Duet Championships with her partner Carolyn Nesbit at the New York World’s Fair. Ms. Birdcreek won many state and regional titles, twirled for her high school marching band, and was a corps captain for the Brentwood Majorettes.

Ms. Birdcreek also won Miss Dictrict of Columbia Model and Miss Cheverly 1969, going on to place 4th in the Miss Maryland pageant.

She was an NBTA (National Baton Twirling Association) International judge and coach, and instructor for the champion District Heights Majorettes (also known as the Avengers). Ms. Birdcreek also coached several baton twirling solo champions. She helped so many baton twirlers find success with her creative routines and “never give up’ attitude.  She attended the baton twirling championships known as American Youth On Parade (AYOP) at Notre Dame University annually, where she also served as a judge. And judged at the baton twirling world championships in the Netherlands in April.

She worked in the banking field for most of her career, most recently working at United Bank. Ms. Birdcreek was also a great Redskin fan and attended every home game.

She was the granddaughter of Antonio and Dorothy Sparta. She is survived by her cousins Sharon Campbell of California, Sandy Rowell of Maryland, and godson Brett Young of Pittsburg. Although she had no immediate family, she had a huge family of friends who regarded her as part of their family.
 
A memorial service will be held at Faith Methodist Church in Rockville. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to either a) The Andrea Birdcreek Memorial Twirling Fund, 110 Washington St, Rockville, MD 20850 or b) Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.

Tribute provided by: Christine Zoll
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