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Laker Marching Band wins third in State Finals
By Amber Hobaugh
The Russell County High School Marching Band traveled to Bowling Green this past weekend to participate in the Kentucky Music Education Association's (KMEA) Class AAA State semi-finals and finals events.
First up, the group headed to Warren Central High School where they faced off against bands from Pulaski, Murray, Mercer, LaRue, John Hardin, South Laurel, Elizabethtown, West Jessamine, Taylor, Garrard and Adair.
As awards were presented, Murray High School swept the field taking awards for Best Visual, Best Music, Best Overall Effect earning them a Distinguished rating and the top place in scores. Behind them, also with a Distinguished rating, and in order of scores were Adair, South Laurel, Russell, and Taylor. Garrard County also advanced to finals but did not receive a Distinguished rating.
From there, the advancing bands loaded instruments, equipment, props and students and headed over to Western Kentucky University to participate in KMEA State Finals at Houchens Industries L.T Smith Stadium. The top six bands from Class A, AA, AAA, AAAA, AAAAA all competed for top honors at the event. In total, 30 bands from across the State vied for the opportunity to be declared the best of their class.
During finals awards, in Class AAA Murray swept the field again earning the title of State Champions, while also taking awards for Best Overall Music, Best Overall Visual and Best Overall Effect. In order of scores Adair County was the runner-up, Russell County High School placed third, Taylor County and South Laurel High School tied for fourth in overall points and Garrard placed sixth.
To recap the Russell County High School Laker Marching Band season with their show Beyond the Desert's Edge:
To kick off the season the group headed to Adair County on August 26th to perform in the Mark Twain Exhibition, no awards are presented at this event but it was an amazing start to an award winning show.
From there, the Laker Band headed to Boyle County to participate in the 2023 Rebel Showdown where they competed in Class AAA-2, the group went up against LaRue and Garrard County. Russell County brought home awards for Best Color Guard, Best Percussion and a first place finish during preliminary performances. During final awards, the Laker Marching Band was chosen for the award of Best Percussion and placed third amongst a phenomenal group of finalists.
On September 23rd, the group was in Chattanooga, TN to compete in the Bands of America Regional Championship where they stacked up against bands from Indiana, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee and were one of only two bands in attendance representing Kentucky. During preliminary performances, as one of the smallest bands there, they were able to secure their advancement to finals later that evening amongst 12 other phenomenal bands in the region. As finals were presented the Laker Marching Band placed 11th in overall competition receiving an overall total score of 64.4.
The band had a short hiatus from competitions for a couple of weeks before returning to the field on October 14th to participate in the Barren County Marching Invitational where they did not disappoint. For Class AAA preliminary awards, Russell received awards for Best Color Guard and Best Percussion, as well as a first place score moving into finals. Once again during their finals performance, the Russell County band slayed the competition and the group finished the night with awards for Best Overall Music, Best Overall Effect and Grand Champions of the event.
Next, the group was off to Madison Southern High School in Berea, Kentucky to perform in the KMEA Class AAA East State Quarterfinals competition. During awards, the Laker Band received a Distinguished rating, first place finish and also brought home for Best Music Performance, Best General Effect. This was only the fourth time in school history that Russell County has received a first place finish in the quarterfinals event.
This quarterfinals event was followed by last weekend's semi-finals and finals events.
Congratulations on a spectacular show and season Russell County High School Laker Marching Band!
This story was posted on 2023-11-05 08:40:23
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