80 Kentucky high school bands vie for 5 state championships

October 25, 2012 


    KMEA State Marching Band Championship

    When: Oct. 27

    Tickets: $10 for semifinals, $12-$17 for finals; both available at the gate.

    Learn more: (859) 626-5635, KMEA.org.


    All times are Central Daylight Time.

    Class A semifinals at Warren Central High School, Bowling Green: Russellville, 10 a.m. Pineville, 10:15. Cumberland County, 10:30. Campbellsville, 10:45. McLean County, 11:15. Raceland Worthington, 11:30. Ballard Memorial, 11:45. Harlan, noon. Owensboro Catholic, 12:15. Paris, 12:30. Murray, 1. Hazard, 1:15. Crittenden County, 1:30. Williamstown, 1:45. Mayfield, 2. Beechwood, 2:15.

    Class AA semifinals at Greenwood High School, Bowling Green: Butler County, 11 a.m. Lewis County, 11:15. Todd County Central, 11:30. Morgan County, 11:45. Green County, 12:15. Christian Academy of Louisville, 12:30. Hancock County, 12:45. Russell, 1. Trigg County, 1:15. Danville, 1:30. Hart County, 2. Larue County, 2:15. Caldwell County, 2:30. Washington County, 2:45. Glasgow, 3. Wayne County, 3:15.

    Class AAA semifinals at Allen County-Scottsville High School, Scottsville: Allen County-Scottsville, 11. Holmes, 11:15. Elizabethtown, 11:30. Rockcastle County, 11:45. Warren East, 12:15. Estill County, 12:30. Boyle County, 12:45. Powell County, 1. Adair County, 1:15. Bourbon County, 1:30. Taylor County, 2. Garrard County, 2:15. Russell County, 2:30. Rowan County, 2:45. South Warren, 3. Corbin, 3:15.

    Class AAAA semifinals at Barren County High School, Glasgow: North Oldham, 11 a.m. Madison Southern, 11:15. Hopkinsville, 11:30. Harrison County, 11:45. Greenwood, 12:15. Marion County, 12:30. Nelson County, 12:45. Woodford County, 1. Calloway County, 1:15. Mercer County, 1:30. Madisonville-North Hopkins, 2. Grant County, 2:15. John Hardin, 2:30. West Jessamine, 2:45. South Oldham, 3. Anderson County, 3:15.

    Class AAAAA semifinals at Western Kentucky University's Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green: Meade County, 11 a.m. North Laurel, 11:15. Marshall County, 11:30. Tates Creek, 11:45. Henderson County, 12:15. Henry Clay, 12:30. Grayson County, 12:45. Ryle, 1. Muhlenberg County, 1:15. Eastern, 1:30. Central Hardin, 2. Lafayette, 2:15. Daviess County, 2:30. Paul Laurence Dunbar, 2:45. North Hardin, 3. Madison Central, 3:15.

    Finals at WKU Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Class A begins at 6 p.m., AA at 7, AAA at 8, AAAA at 9, AAAAA at 10. Awards afterward.

Saturday marks the culmination of a season's worth of fine tuning, literally, for the thousands of students in Kentucky's high school marching bands: the state marching band championships.

As usual, several Lexington and Central Kentucky schools are in the mix of 80 bands going into the semifinals of the Kentucky Music Educators Association State Marching Band Championship.

In the always-watched Class AAAAA competition, cross-town rivals Lafayette and Paul Laurence Dunbar enter Saturday having finished in first and second place, respectively, in last weekend's east division quarterfinal. Lafayette, whose show is called "Desert Rose," scored 92.55. Defending state champ Dunbar, whose show is titled "Reflections," scored 91.15.

To make it to Saturday morning's semifinal round, each band had to finish in the top 16 of its class at quarterfinal competitions, held Oct. 20 across the state.

Semifinals begin Saturday morning. The top four bands in each of the five classes compete in the final round, beginning at 6 p.m. CDT Saturday at Western Kentucky University's Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

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