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The LaRue County Band of Hawks qualified for the finals Saturday at the State Marching Band Contest and finished fourth overall in Class AAA..
LaRue's score of 85.05 earned the fourth-place spot in the field of 16 in semifinal round early Saturday at Meade County High School to earn a chance to perform on the championship stage Saturday evening at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville.
In the finals, LaRue's score improved to 85.12 out of a possible 100 but remained in fourth behind Bourbon County, Adair County and Garrard County.. Both of LaRue County's performances Saturday earned a distinguished rating, the highest level recognized in the Kentucky Music Educators Association contests.
Competing last week in the Class AAA West Quarterfinal at Warren East High School in Bowling Green, the Band of Hawks earned a third-place spot in the field of 13, finishing behind only Adair and Muhlenberg North. Saturday's early performance edged Muhlenberg North to earn a spot in the finals.
Bands are divided in competition based on student enrollment of the schools. Other state champions named Saturday night were Class A, Williamstown; Class AA, Washington County; Class AAAA, Madisonville North Hopkins; and Class AAAAA, Lexington Lafayette.
The largest class also featured two Hardin County Schools. North Hardin finished third and John Hardin was fourth, behind the champions and another Lexington school, Paul Dunbar.
The bands are judged based on music performance, visual performance and the general effect of the music and visuals. Six judges are responsible for specific aspects of the score and the overall score is the total of their ratings.