Area bands off to strong starts

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North qualifies for BOA

By Jeff D'Alessio

The high school band season is well underway with four area bands set for competition this weekend.

Central Hardin High School and LaRue County High School are scheduled to compete in the Nelson County Pageant of Bands in Bardstown. Central Hardin is one of two Class 5-A bands performing and will take the field at 4 p.m. Grayson County is the other 5-A program and follows CHHS.

LaRue County is one of four 3-A schools and the band kicks off the competition with a 2:15 p.m. performance.

John Hardin competes in the 20-band Bruin Invitational at Ballard High School in Louisville. It is one of six Class 3-A schools and is set to perform at 1:45 p.m.

MeadeCounty High School participates in the Owensboro Catholic Marching Invitational at Owensboro Catholic High School. They perform at 12:45 p.m. CDT.

Many of the schools have enjoyed strong starts to the season. Here’s a rundown of placings for each school according to www.kyband.com.

CENTRAL HARDIN. The Bruins opened the season Sept. 14 in the Montgomery County High School Marching Invitational and placed third among 10 schools competing.

JOHN HARDIN. John Hardin placed first in its class at the Caverna High School Marching Band Festival on Sept. 7 and enjoyed a strong showing Sept. 14 in Shelbyville at the Shelby County Showcase of Bands, finishing third out of 10 schools.

John Hardin also won at last weekend’s Logan County Festival of Bands.

LaRUECOUNTY. The Hawks finished second Sept. 7 in the Bourbon County Invitational out of 10 schools.

Last weekend, LCHS earned another second-place finish in the nine-school Taylor County Marching Invitational.

MEADECOUNTY. Meade County placed third in the Logan County Festival of Bands last weekend in Russellville.

The band opened the season Sept. 7 by placing ninth out of 10 schools in the Bourbon County Invitational. The band placed sixth out of 16 schools Sept. 14 in the Ohio County Marching Invitational.

NORTH HARDIN. The band, competed in the Sept. 14 South Central Kentucky Marching Band Classic and was named Reserve Grand Champion, finishing second out of seven schools at the Glasgow event.

North Hardin also qualified for the prestigious Bands of America competition in Indianapolis in November by finishing second Sept. 21 in the Kettering, Ohio, Regional.

North Hardinwas named regional class champion for class 2A. The band placed only behind national finalist William Mason High School from Ohio.