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 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 at L.T. Smith Stadium at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. The semifinals were held Saturday afternoon.
Dunbar and Lafayette were among 20 bands in five classes competing in the finals.
Lexington's Henry Clay and Tates Creek high schools also competed in the Class 5A semifinals but did not advance to the finals.
Here are the top 4 in each class:
Class 1A: 1. Beechwood (repeat winner), 2. Williamstown, 3. Murray, 4. Hazard.
Class 2A: 1. Larue County, 2. Danville, 3. Washington County, 4. Glasgow.
Class 3A: 1. Adair County (repeat winner), 2. Bourbon County, 3. Russell County, 4. Garrard County.
Class 4A: 1. Madisonville North Hopkins (repeat winner), 2. Grant County, 3. John Hardin, 4. West Jessamine.
Class 5A: 1. Paul Laurence Dunbar (repeat winner), 2. Lafayette, 3. Eastern, 4. Madison Central.