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The Washington County Commander Band enjoyed a break from competing last weekend.
They also enjoyed three days of fall break.
After this nice, long break the Commander Band rehearsed all day on Thursday and Friday of fall break.
On Thursday at practice, bad luck appeared. WC Band Field Commander Hannah Lewis fell during practice.
What was hoped to be a bad sprain turned into a badly-broken ankle.
Friday brought unsure thoughts of the upcoming weekend’s competition.
Would WC Band have their field commander or would they be left in the lurch and have to compete with no one at the helm to conduct and lead?
Friday’s rehearsal went on with the assumption that the band would compete without a field commander and one of their soloists.
Harrod said, “We were devastated to think we would have to compete without Hannah. First and foremost, I was concerned about her well being. I talked with her mother on Thursday night and she said Hannah really wanted to perform on Saturday. My band kids are some of the toughest and most dedicated kids around. On Friday afternoon, we got word that Hannah would be there on Saturday in a wheelchair and determined to lead her band. After that decision was made we had to scramble to modify how Hannah was going to get to the field and get on her podium. Luckily, we have some of the greatest dads around and they were able to adapt all of our equipment on a short notice. So, we headed to Pulaski County to do our best.”
When the contest concluded, the Commander Band placed second in Class AA and won a place to compete in finals that night. That night in finals the WC Band placed ninth in finals competition.
This week the Commander Band heads to Bryan Station High School in Lexington to compete against Green County, Larue County and Danville.
The band chili supper will be Friday, Oct. 19 at from 5-7 p.m.
All proceeds go to the Commander Band.