Several Central Kentucky high school marching bands, including four from Lexington, advanced to Saturday's semifinal round of the Kentucky Music Educators Association State Marching Band Championship, which will be contested at several locations in the Bowling Green area.
To advance, bands attained the highest scores in their classes at quarterfinal competitions, which were held last Saturday across the state.
The top four bands from each of the five classes will compete in the finals, to be held Saturday night at Western Kentucky University's L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green. Go to KMEA.org for more information.
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Advancing to semifinals are:
Class A: Nicholas County, McLean County, Raceland, Metcalfe County, Paris, Russellville, Pineville, Hancock County, Harlan, Mayfield, Beechwood (defending champion), Ballard Memorial, Williamstown, Murray, Hazard and Owensboro Catholic. Competition starts at 10 a.m. CDT at Warren Central High School, Bowling Green.
AA: Lewis County, Caldwell County, Lawrence County, Butler County, Morgan County, Green County, Henry County, Christian Academy of Louisville, Powell County, LaRue County, Lloyd Memorial, Trigg County, Wayne County, Washington County, Danville and Glasgow (defending champion). Competition starts at 11 a.m. CDT at Greenwood High School, Bowling Green.
AAA: Estill County, Allen County-Scottsville, Corbin, South Warren, Boyd County, Warren East, North Oldham, Hart County, Garrard County, Adair County (defending champion), Rowan County, Russell County, Bourbon County, Elizabethtown, Boyle County and Taylor County. Competition starts at 11 a.m. CDT at Allen County-Scottsville High School, Scottsville.
AAAA: Harrison County, Hopkinsville, Pulaski County, Warren Central, Anderson County, Marion County, Montgomery County, Greenwood, Mercer County, Calloway County, West Jessamine, Madisonville-North Hopkins (defending champion), Grant County, John Hardin, Madison Southern and South Oldham. Competition starts at 11 a.m. CDT at Barren County High School, Glasgow.
AAAAA: Clark County, Nelson County, Madison Central, Central Hardin, Ryle, Grayson County, Henry Clay, Graves County, Eastern, North Hardin, Paul Laurence Dunbar (defending champion), Daviess County, Lafayette, Marshall County, Tates Creek and Muhlenberg County. Competition starts at 11 a.m. CDT at WKU's L.T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green.