March On! Big Weekend Ahead for Marching Bands

(10/29/08) - Several South Central Kentucky High School marching bands will be competing this weekend at the state semi-finals...

Lookout Papa John's Stadium this come the bands!!  Louisville is about to be inundated with the best that Kentucky has to offer in high school marching bands.  On top of that, no less than 21 of these bands are from right here in South Central Kentucky!  (Do we know how to rock or what?)

It's been a while since I've been directly involved with high school marching bands and I really miss it.  If I weren't out programming weather radios this weekend, I'd probably be in Louisville.  When my two daughters were part of the Marching Purples at Bowling Green High for almost seven years, I was band booster chair, concessions manager, prop walker, instrument hauler (roadie) and occasional drum line instructor-wannabe.  When Mr. Briley couldn't get the band's attention during practice or just before a competition, I'd often step in and get their attention or give 'em a pep talk.

It's all about discipline.  While the football and basketball teams...even soccer teams get lots of attention during the sports segments, I want to do my part in recognizing the hard work our area high school marching bands so greatly deserve.  For those of us who were once marching band geeks back in the day, it's always cool to watch your sons and daughters march out on field for the first time.  Yes, I lived vicariously through my daughters when it was their turn.  They made me want to get back out there and do it all over again.

If you're a music lover, you'll enjoy going to the competitions.  It doesn't matter if you have a vested interest (son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, etc.) in a particular high school band, just go anyway.  You'll love the music, the pageantry, the precision and the athletics...yes, athletics our students have to offer.  For those of us who can walk and chew gum at the same time, we love the technical side of all this.  The glides...the shuffles and the syncopated steps in perfect posture while still maintaining your instrument and looking straight ahead.  This is not for the faint of heart.

To those of you that are band parents...been there, done that...God bless you!  Band instructors and assistants...thank you for your patience, not only with our kids but with us parents as well.  Good luck to all of you this weekend and don't forget to GLIDE WITH PRIDE!

Here is the schedule for this weekend's KMEA/SMBC semi-finals in Louisville with the finals at Papa John's Stadium (U of L's campus) along with ticket information...

The Kentucky Bands website (click here)


KMEA Semifinals - Louisville
November 1, 2008, times are EDT



A - Butler Traditional HS (map)

1. 10:00—Cumberland Co. HS
2. 10:15—Paris HS
3. 10:30—Hancock Co. HS
4. 10:45—Nicholas Co. HS
5. 11:00—Owensboro Catholic HS
6. 11:15—Pineville HS
7. 11:30—Russellville HS
8. 11:45—Harlan HS
9. 12:15—Murray HS
10. 12:30—Lee Co. HS
11. 12:45—McLean Co. HS
12. 1:00—Hazard HS
13. 1:15—Mayfield HS
14. 1:30—Beechwood HS
15. 1:45—Lex. Christian Acad.
16. 2:00—Williamstown HS



AA - Pleasure Ridge Park HS (map)

1. 11:00—Todd Co. Central HS
2. 11:15—Russell HS
3. 11:30—Butler Co. HS
4. 11:45—Carroll Co. HS
5. 12:00—Green Co. HS
6. 12:15—Christian Acad. of L'ville
7. 12:30—Edmonson Co. HS
8. 12:45—Henry Co. HS
9. 1:15—Caldwell Co. HS
10. 1:30—Danville HS
11. 1:45—Glasgow HS
12. 2:00—Shelby Valley HS
13. 2:15—Muhlenberg South HS
14. 2:30—Washington Co. HS
15. 2:45—Trigg Co. HS
16. 3:00—Lloyd Memorial HS



AAA - Meade County HS (map)
Aerial view of the campus

1. 11:00—Warren East HS
2. 11:15—North Oldham HS
3. 11:30—Breckinridge Co. HS
4. 11:45—Corbin HS
5. 12:00—Taylor Co. HS
6. 12:15—Powell Co. HS
7. 12:30—Hart Co. HS
8. 12:45—Estill Co. HS
9. 1:15—LaRue Co. HS
10. 1:30—Mason Co. HS
11. 1:45—Muhlenberg North HS
12. 2:00—Garrard Co. HS
13. 2:15—Russell Co. HS
14. 2:30—Highlands HS
15. 2:45—Adair Co. HS
16. 3:00—Bourbon Co. HS



AAAA - South Oldham HS (map)

1. 11:00—Allen Co.-Scottsville HS
2. 11:15—Rowan Co. HS
3. 11:30—Ohio Co. HS
4. 11:45—Grant Co. HS
5. 12:00—Logan Co. HS
6. 12:15—Madison Southern HS
7. 12:30—Anderson Co. HS
8. 12:45—Paul Blazer HS
9. 1:15—Calloway Co. HS
10. 1:30—West Jessamine HS
11. 1:45—Marion Co. HS
12. 2:00—Harrison Co. HS
13. 2:15—South Oldham HS
14. 2:30—Boyle Co. HS
15. 2:45—Madisonville N. Hopkins HS
16. 3:00—Mercer Co. HS



AAAAA - Papa John's at U of L (map)
Parking and warm-up map
Pit Crew Path Map

1. 11:00—Marshall Co. HS
2. 11:15—Bryan Station HS
3. 11:30—Graves Co. HS
4. 11:45—Tates Creek HS
5. 12:00—Greenwood HS
6. 12:15—Montgomery Co. HS
7. 12:30—Henderson Co. HS
8. 12:45—Dixie Heights HS
9. 1:15—North Hardin HS
10. 1:30—Lafayette HS
11. 1:45—Daviess Co. HS
12. 2:00—George Rogers Clark HS
13. 2:15—Central Hardin HS
14. 2:30—Madison Central HS
15. 2:45—John Hardin HS
16. 3:00—Paul Laurence Dunbar HS



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  • by Lukeus Location: Glasgow on Nov 16, 2008 at 04:22 PM
    I am a member of the Barren county marching trojans. Although we did not go to state we won grand champion at Mid-States Band Association Class AA Championships in Beavercreek,OH on November 1
  • by courtney Location: glasgow on Nov 12, 2008 at 01:29 PM
    I like the pic of the marching band. I knew you went to TEMPLE HILL SCHOOLtoday because the person that wrote you this was the girl in miss Simmons clss with the gray and whte t-shirt not the one second roll but the one in the third roll. I remeber you showing us your crackberry it was pretty cool looking! And I can't wait to get your paper with the atugragh on it can't wait see (WBKO AT 5 TIL AND AT 6 TIL) Love, Courtney Sentle
  • by Brian Location: Scottsville on Nov 12, 2008 at 05:09 AM
    Chris, thank you on behalf of all music educators in the state for recognizing the hard work that these students put in. As a marching band instructor myself, I see day-in and day-out the positive benefits of discipline and hard work that these students possess. Most school principals will tell you that the band kids are the best behaved, most self-disciplined, and the most studious and well-rounded students in the school.
  • by Bobbie Location: Bowling Green on Nov 2, 2008 at 01:39 PM
    Warren East Marching Raiders participated in the State Semi Finals for the first time in school history on Sat.These kids have worked very hard to get to this point!! Hours of countless rehearsals and practice are often over looked for football and basketball scores; however these skills in dicipline and dedication will go with them for years to come.Warren East has been the only band in warren county to grow this year.They are on there way to becoming one of the best in the state.I like Chris am a former band geek, I relive my band days through my son.I want to congratulate WEHS on a job well done and to MR.David Dayton and MR. Cedrick Leavell keep up the good work!! Next Year all the State!!!!
  • by Angelia Location: Bowling Green, KY on Oct 31, 2008 at 07:28 AM
    I marched with Logan Co. from 1993-1996, and it still amazes me today all the hard work and dedication that not only the students but also the parents put into these shows. I can't recall the countless hours that my father and other band dads would put into building props for our shows. My hat goes off to all students, directors, and parents. Enjoy this time and congrats on state!!!
  • by Keith Location: Bowling Green, Ky on Oct 30, 2008 at 10:25 AM
    GO GATORS, This is my 4th year helping out with logistics with Greenwood. These kids have a workout in 10 minutes equal to alot of marathon runners, yes athetes. These are not your marching show of 20 years ago. These are coriographed theatrical musicals.GO GATORS!!!!!
  • by lanae Location: edmonson county,ky on Oct 29, 2008 at 05:18 PM
    edmonson county high school marching band is going to louiville for finals!
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