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Area marching bands ranked high in regionals Saturday and will compete in the Kentucky Music Educators Association semifinals Saturday at various locations.
The top four bands from each division will face off later that night in the finals at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.
The band from North Hardin High School took first and a distinguished rating in the 4-A West division at the Stadium of Champions in Hopkinsville. Division rankings are based on school size.
The band scored 90.25 out of a possible 100 to earn a higher score than any other band in the division. Bands were judged on musical performance, musical effect, visual performance and visual effect.
Director Brian Froedge said the band has a lot of seniors, which means there are many experienced performers and leaders.
“I thank all the parents and the staff and the students,” he said. “We’re all excited to have a great performance.”
Froedge said the band has finished in third place in the finals for five years in a row, and it could do better this year.
“I think anything can happen,” he said.
The band competes Saturday in semifinals at Western Kentucky University.
John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown made a good showing in the 4-A West division, despite the band including although it’s a young band.
“This year, we started out kind of slow because of our age, but the kids keep improving every weekend,” Ellis said.
The band placed second with a distinguished rating and a score of 85.95 in Hopkinsville.
Ellis said band members have worked hard and the ranking is rewarding.
“It’s been fun to watch them develop into something relatively special,” he said. “We’re all really proud of the kids right now.”
He thinks the band, a state finalist last year, is a contender in the upcoming competitions.
John Hardin competes Saturday in semifinals at Barren County High School in Glasgow.
Elizabethtown High School Director Mark Eck credits band members’ dedication for consistent improvement throughout the season.
“The students’ attitudes are really positive, and they’re hard-working and they don’t take any of our practices for granted,” he said.
Fulfilling the band’s goal of consistent improvement landed it in fourth place with a distinguished rating in the 3-A West division at Hart County High School in Munfordville with a score of 80.2, Eck said.
“We’re really pleased,” he said. “The kids gave probably the best performance they’ve given all season.”
Eck thinks the band is poised to do well during semifinals at Allen County-Scottsville High School next weekend.
Every week is a new challenge, he said.
The band from Central Hardin High School finished in fifth place with a distinguished rating in the 5-A West division with a score of 80.1 in Hopkinsville.
CHS competes Saturday in semifinals at Western Kentucky University.
Director David Centers couldn’t be reached for comment.
Larue County High School’s band placed second in the 2-A West division in Hopkinsville with a distinguished rating and a score of 89.
The band competes Saturday in semifinals at Greenwood High School in Bowling Green.
Director Jaime Smith couldn’t be reached for comment.
Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or firstname.lastname@example.org.