Thorobred band narrows gap for fifth place final at Northern Kentucky Marching Band Festival

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By The Staff

On Saturday, Sept. 20, the Harrison County High School Marching Band traveled to Alexandria to compete in the 37th Annual Northern Kentucky Marching Band Festival at Bob Miller Stadium (Campbell County Middle School).

In preliminary competition, the HCHS Marching Band (76.95) finished second to Grant County (79.25). The point difference was 2.3 points as Grant County won five of the eight captions. HCHS won one music performance caption and the visual effect caption. The HCHS colorguard won the colorguard caption.

In the finals competition, featuring the top 10 bands, the HCHS Marching Band finished fifth overall with a score of 78.7. However, they closed the gap with Grant County (79.5) down to .8 of a point as the two bands split the eight captions.

Milford took home the grand championship (Governors Cup) followed by Beechwood, Dixie Heights, Grant County, Harrison County, Highlands, Paris, Carroll County, Ludlow, and Dayton.

Chris Hedges, band director, said We are making improvements each week. People really seem to enjoy our show. We are just not executing all of our drill, music, and guard work at the level it needs to be. Grant County has a really good show and they execute very well. We enjoy the competition and the comraderie with them. I have a lot of respect for their program as I was the band director there from 1997-2001.

Hedges continued, Once we have the entire show on the field (stilI have a minute to add) and clean it, I think that we have a very good chance at being highly competitive as the season progresses. I know that if the students continue to dedicate themselves and work very hard at every rehearsal that we can really produce a great show. We have our eyes set on being a state finalist in KMEA Class 4A. However, we cannot overlook our next show. We need to see weekly improvement. I am really proud of our students and staff. I am also very thankful for the parent support. Without them we would not be able to do the things we do. We also appreciate the community support. We are looking forward to hosting some great bands this weekend and we hope to see the community come out and support the activity of marching band.

The HCHS Marching Bands next performance will be at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, at the 2008 Farmers National Bank Community Picnic.

The HCHS Marching Bands next competition will be Saturday, Oct. 4, at Mason County High School.

The HCHS Marching Band and HCHS Band Boosters will be hosting the 3rd Annual Thorobred Classic on Saturday, Sept. 27, on the Hilltop. Preliminary competition begins at 12:15. Finals competition begins at 7 p.m. The HCHS Marching Band will perform, in exhibition (a host school cannot compete) at 6:45 p.m.

There are seven competing bands: Class A--Nicholas County, Paris; Class 4A--Madison Southern, West Jessamine; Class 5A--Madison Central, Dixie Heights and John Hardin.