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What is the Adair County Band? - II

Moments, memories, and notes from the Greatest Season
See also: What is The Adair County Band? - I

By Billy Joe Fudge
An ADAIR Band Granddad

Some facts, figures, and moments that we are all just now beginning to put together to comprehend to see just how big the ADAIR 20th State Title milestone actually is -just how good The Tradition of Excellence is and Just How Great this Particular 2011 Band actually is.

It's only now beginning to sink in.

  • Lexington Lafayette has the second best record with 15 wins, I think.
  • Lexington Lafayette is the only other band in the state to make it to every Final Four.
  • Marching band is very competitive by nature but fans for the most part are ruled by the creed that the competitions are about the kids and not about them.
  • Each years win is more special because the competition keeps getting better and better
  • Adair County keeps raising the bar higher and higher.
  • Marching band in Adair County is built on the predicate that success is about striving for excellence rather than winning.
  • Adair County Band is more than art, more than competition, more than the individual, more than a school program; it is about community, family, self-sacrifice, patience, practice, persistence and achievement
  • Adair County Band is about "Crossing the frozen Delaware", "putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade", and "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall"
  • Adair County Band is not about receiving, it is about giving, not about leading and following but about going forward together, and not about ideology but about doing.
  • Adair County Band is Mr. Case and Mr. Allen embracing in celebration.
  • Adair County Band is, standing and applauding to welcome every school and every band member onto the field prior to awards.
  • Adair County Band is filling it's own section at Papa Johns and L.T. Smith Stadiums.
Those are some of my moments, memories, and notes. I hope to add more, and more of yours.


Thanks to all who continue to add their organizations and individuals to my Congratulations Registry. -BJF


This story was posted on 2011-11-05 07:15:37
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