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ADAIR Band supporters swarm Square - best reception yet

It was the best coming home reception ever. And know matter how many times they win, "It just gets more emotional every year," as Charlene Cowan said.
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By Ed Waggener

Thirty minutes before arrival of the 2015 Bands of America Class A Champion Adair County Marching Band, it looked for awhile as though the crowd would be down this year. But in very quick order every available parking place was taken and the streets were line with one of the largest, most enthusiastic receptions any band has ever received.

Despite owning the most impressive record in Kentucky, there's still a choke, still goosebumps as the kids bring yet another major title back to town. As Charlene Cowan said, trying so hard not to shed a tear in public, "It just gets more emotional every year." She's not out of the active band business, but she's still a strong supporter. Her daughters graduated way back when - Chasity Cowan in 2008, and Megan Cowan in 2011.

Families are now recounting generations of membership in the Adair County High School band, and were there in support of a son, daughter, grandchild, niece or nephew. Juanita Grider McKinney, a 1961 graduate, was in the band herself. She came in support of her niece, Chloe Grider, who, though just a seventh grader at Adair County Middle School, and a first year band member, can already say she's been a part of a KMEA State Championship and a BOA National Championship band. At this rate through graduation she potentially could be in a dozen state and national championships by her high school graduation day.

The weather played a role a favorable role this year. It was sunny, only slightly cool, and there was a gentle breeze blowing lifting the U.S. Flags, still on every lamp post following veterans day.

(The day wasn't without it's lighter moments. One very elderly gentleman - a fellow by the name of Morris or Michael or some such, from up around Absher, I think - stopped his fishing van to thank me for getting the nice crowd out to welcome him. I didn't watch after the old fellow left, but he probably stopped all along the line to thank every individual, and to feign modesty, telling each, as he told me, that they didn't have to do it, but he so appreciated it. Don't anybody tell him everyone was waiting for the band.)

This story was posted on 2015-11-15 14:38:14
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