Lexington's Paul Laurence Dunbar High School took first place in the Kentucky Music Educators Association state marching band championships' Class 5A division late Saturday.
It was the seventh state championship, and the second in a row, for Dunbar. Its chief rival, Lafayette, took second place. The Lafayette band has won 16 state titles.
The finals were held at L.T. Smith Stadium on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. The semifinals were held Saturday afternoon.
Dunbar and Lafayette were among 20 bands in five classes to compete in the championships. The bands are divided into classes 1A through 5A, based on the enrollment of their schools; the largest schools compete in 5A.
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Lexington’s Henry Clay and Tates Creek high schools also competed in the Class 5A semifinals but did not advance to the finals.
Eastern won third place in Class 5A, with Madison Central placing fourth.
Madisonville North Hopkins won the Class 4A championship. Grant County finished in second place; John Hardin finished third; and West Jessamine took fourth.
The Class 3A title went to Adair County, with Bourbon County taking second place, Russell County placing third and Garrard County coming in fourth.
Larue County won the Class 2A championship, followed by Danville in second place, Washington County in third place and Glasgow in fourth place.
In Class 1A, Beechwood won the title. Williamstown placed second, with Murray finishing third and Hazard coming in fourth.