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Adair County Marching Band . . . more than meets the eye

There's more to a winning Marching Band than the all so important music and choreographed marching across the field . . . as Jennifer Hardwick describes in this article while Adair County High School's band prepares to win Kentucky State Championship #22
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By Jennifer Hardwick

For many, marching band may seem to centered around two skill sets...playing an instrument and marching across a football field. However, in the Adair County Marching Band, those skills are just the foundation upon which the individual members build in order to transform into musical and visual artists.

Our students begin working in the Spring to train their bodies physically, in order to endure the extreme heat that inevitably is the calling card of Kentucky weather in July and August. Then, they work tirelessly to play and memorize their musical arrangements in order to execute the music with accuracy and style.

Our colorguard members improve themselves individually in order to be able to dance, twirl, and toss their flags or rifles, while beautifully portraying the emotion of the music and being aware of their movements from the top of their heads to the tips of their toes. Of course, then they must focus on doing all of this while being in sync with the music, beat, and the rest of the colorguard!

When all of this is accomplished, the actual marching begins! The students must learn to march smoothly, while being aware of their body angles, the music or guard work, and their assigned locations on the field. The formations designed for them to create are precise in nature and in order to implement those designs, the sets are practiced over and over again. Needless to say, the dedication it takes to accomplish this task is something that will enhance these students' lives forever.

At any practice or marching band competition, it is easy for anyone to see that marching band is much more than meets the eye. The audience is a witness to their concentration, dedication, musical ability, marching precision, visual artistry, and their willingness to trust one another to work collaboratively towards success! Considering the age range of 12-18, these students who master music, marching, dance, and flag work are a wonder to behold!

Don't forget...the Adair County Marching Band will be competing Saturday, October 28th for their 22nd KMEA State Marching Band Championship! For reserved ticket information for the finals competition at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, contact Susan Pollard at 270-250-3356.

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ACHS Marching Band: Trumpet Section led by Dylan Hale

2017-10-25 - Columbia, KY - Photo from Jennifer Hardwick.
The Adair County Marching Band Trumpet Section led by Section Leader Dylan Hale, left, front. - Jennifer Hardwick

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ACHS Band 2017 - Emma Cockerham, Color Guard

2017-10-25 - Columbia, KY - Photo from Jennifer Hardwick.
Color Guard Emma Cockerham.

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ACHS Band 2017 - Travis Hale

2017-10-25 - Columbia, KY - Photo from Jennifer Hardwick.
Travis Hale, one of our 12 twins, is a star drummer. He's the brother of Dylan Hale, the trumpet section leader.

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