For the third year in a row, the Bourbon County High School marching band has been named Class A champion at the Bands of America Grand Nationals competition in Indianapolis, considered the most prestigious marching band championship in the nation.
Bourbon County's win Saturday was something of a rebound for the Paris school, which two weeks ago finished second behind Adair County High School in Class AAA of the Kentucky State Marching Band Championships. At Saturday's Grand Nationals, Adair County placed third.
As the small-class winner at Grand Nationals, the band was to perform in exhibition at the finals competition, Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Twelve bands from across the country were to compete for the overall championship; none of the finalist bands were from Kentucky.
Bourbon County and Adair County were two of more than 90 bands that started the preliminary competition Thursday.
Only one other Kentucky band — Lafayette — advanced to the semifinal round Saturday, but none went further in the contest, which is generally dominated by large bands from Indiana and Texas.
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