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South Laurel Marching Band Named Reserved Grand Champion

Christina Stallard, Adviser

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Months of hard, hot work paid off this past weekend for the South Laurel High School marching band. On September 9th, the marching band , led by Mr. Mark Sizemore, participated in a contest at Southwestern High School in Somerset, Kentucky against  five other schools, including Anderson county, a former state finalist.

Photo: Shawn Sizemore

SLHS performed a western- themed show called “The Rush” which tells the story about a man and his family going west hoping to strike gold. Song selections included popular numbers like “Jolene,” Paint it Black,” and  “Ecstasy of Gold.” The entire production is four movements (or songs), but for the competition, South had to perform just the first two. Those two movements, though, were enough for our band to bring home second place. Matthew Perkins, a freshman tuba player said “Going up against Anderson was the best part for me. We were only four points away from them, which was really close. They were second place at state last year.”

Taylor Brennan, a senior piccolo player for the band reflected on how exciting being part of the performance was. Seeing the crowd’s reaction and knowing what you did was good– that’s the best part. And–pun intended– you get a rush from it!”

In addition to being Reserved Grand Champion against a State Champion Band, South Laurel received the highest Colorguard score by 22 points and was one of only three schools to receive a distinguished rating at the opening season competition.

 

 

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