LaRue County remembers band founder with show

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By Kelly Cantrall

This year’s show for the Band of Hawks is centered around a promise of the future, but remembers the past.


“Beyond the Sunset,” the name of the show for the marching band at LaRue County High School, portrays the idea that “with each sunset comes the promise of a new day,” Assistant Director Michael Collins said.

But the show also serves as a memorial to Gene Hoggard, founder of the high school’s band who died last year, Collins said.

“He played an important part in the band right up until the end,” he said. Collins said Hoggard deserved a tribute from the band this year.

Baritone player Joey Gearon said he’s honored to be able to recall Hoggard’s influence in this way.

“It’s difficult to think he won’t be here this year, but it’s nice to do a show about him,” Gearon said.

When creating a show, finding music that engages students all season is a top priority, Collins said.

“It has to be great music, that’s the No. 1 rule,” he said.

Gearon said this year’s freshmen are a talented group, and Collins said this is a more mature band.

“I think it’s a more experienced group than last year,” he said.

After winning the 2-A state championship in

in 2011, the band has been categorized in the 3-A class this year, which gives it some tough competition, he said. But they’ve approached this season the same as any, and are working to have an excellent show in any class.

Drum major Lauren Zahrndt said past success gives band members high expectations for the year.

“It adds a little tension on your band,” Zahrndt said.

Gearon agreed it adds pressure, but “I think there’s pressure every year to do better,” he said.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at 270-505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.

LaRue County Marching Band competition schedule

  • Saturday: Bourbon County
  • Sept. 21: Taylor County
  • Sept. 28: Nelson County
  • Oct. 5: Hosting Lincoln Days contest
  • Oct. 12: To be determined
  • Oct. 19: State quarterfinals
  • Oct. 26: State championships