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80 Ky. high school bands advance to semis

Eighty Kentucky high school bands, including five from Lexington, advanced Saturday from the quarterfinals of the KMEA State Marching Band Championship to the semifinal round.

The semifinals will be Nov. 1 at venues in and around Louisville.

Lafayette, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Tates Creek and Bryan Station high schools from Lexington will compete in Class AAAAA at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville.

Lexington Christian Academy will compete in Class A at Butler Traditional High School in Louisville. Bands compete in five classes based on school size, from A for small schools to AAAAA for the largest schools.

Of the 80 bands advancing to semifinals, the four top-scoring bands from each class, for a total of 20, will compete in the finals, starting at 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The top band in each class will then be awarded the Governor's Cup.

Lafayette is a 14-time state champion, and Dunbar has won five times.