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The LaRue County High School Band of Hawks set a school record Saturday at the Kentucky Music Educator’s Association Class AA West quarterfinals. The band scored 89.2, the highest score reached by the school in a KMEA State Championship event.
The competition was in Owensboro on the campus of Kentucky Wesleyan College.
The quarterfinals selects the top eight bands to advance to the following weekend’s KMEA State Marching Band Championships. The Band of Hawks earned the second highest score overall, barely missing the top spot by two-tenths of a point.
“This weekend was absolutely amazing,” said Band Director Jaime Smith. “Our students performed at an exceptional level and made a resounding statement to many people this weekend—most importantly to themselves. I think this weekend reaffirmed the potential available inside each student.”
The weekend’s achievement did not come easy. The band performed in an early spot — third on the field.
“In order to score this well as an early performer, you have to set the standard for which those that follow will be measured,” said Smith. “That’s what our students did. Every time I think I could not be more proud of the kids, they step up to another level. The kids involved in the Band of Hawks are second to none.”
The Band of Hawks’ tradition of excellence started in 1955 with its founder, Gene Hoggard, and many people deserve credit with its success, said Smith.
“Our success is the result of so many factors: great kids, loving families, a supportive administration, encouraging alumni and community, the best instructional staff in the Commonwealth, and most importantly, God’s blessing upon our group,” said Smith.
The Band of Hawks will take the field in semifinal competition at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 on the campus of Greenwood High School in Bowling Green. If the band earns a spot in the top four, they will advance to the KMEA Finals Competition on the campus of Western Kentucky University at L.T. Smith Stadium. The finals competition will start at 7 p.m.