Members of the Paul Laurence Dunbar Marching Band are basking in the glory of winning their second straight state championship on Saturday, but they're also going back to work Monday.
The Dunbar band will give performances Monday at Beaumont Middle School and Lexington Traditional Middle School, as previously scheduled, band director Jeff Hood said. Beaumont and LTMS are feeder schools for Dunbar, so some of their students could be Dunbar band members by next year.
"We always have to be thinking about recruiting," Hood said.
Of course, there will be some celebrating too.
Hood said Sunday that there would be some kind of program at Dunbar this week to mark the band's victory, but there had not been time to make specific plans.
Saturday night in Bowling Green, Dunbar edged out Lafayette High School for it's second straight state marching band title. Dunbar also topped reigning champion Lafayette in 2010. This was Dunbar's seventh state championship.
"Winning two times in a row is a great accomplishment for our kids," Hood said Sunday. "Competing in the state championship is very difficult and to succeed it really takes a lot of hard work."
Hood said Dunbar built on its success of last year to win again.
In 2010, the band performed a program designed around the theme "Multiples of One," stressing the importance of all the band members performing as one. This year's program was called "Shine" and promoted the ability of the entire band to shine as one, Hood said.
The sentiment comes from two lines in a poem: "We were all meant to shine, as children do/ It's not just in some of us; it's in everybody."
The idea paid off on the field Saturday night, helping to get 140 band members hitting their marks on time and in proper order throughout Dunbar's 81/2-minute performance, Hood said.
"Everybody really had to be at their best for us to win," he said.
The temperature was 38 degrees when Dunbar took the field Saturday night, Hood said, and the results weren't in until after midnight in Bowling Green, which is in the Central Time Zone. Because of the late hour, many Dunbar band members and parents didn't return home until Sunday.
Joining Dunbar and Lafayette in the state finals in Class 5A were Madison Central High School from Richmond and Eastern High School from Louisville.
It was a particularly exciting night for David and Deena Bourne, who are co-presidents of the Dunbar Band Parents Association. Their daughter, Kassi, plays tenor sax. "It's kind of a double blessing when you have a senior who can go out on top," Deena Bourne said Sunday. "The senior class this year showed good leadership in continuing the tradition that our seniors began last year. We're pretty excited."
David Bourne called the championship a "great accomplishment" for Dunbar, but he also complimented all the competing bands for their hard work.
"We're just one of them, but we're proud of them," he said.
But the marching season isn't quite over for the Dunbar band.
It is scheduled to march at Disney World in a New Year's Eve parade.
And even before that, planning will get started on the band's routine for next year's competition, Hood said.