Commander band sweeps regional

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By The Staff

The Washington  County Marching Commander Band took the next step toward defending its 2008 state championship this past Saturday with a win in regional competition at Tates Creek High School.

The WC band came away with first place in the Kentucky Music Educators’ Association (KMEA) Class AA East Regional, and also received the only distinguished rating given at the contest.

“This performance was our best performance yet. The kids knew they needed to give it their all. They got pumped up before they went on, and they took that energy and put it into their performance,” said Debbie Harrod, director of the band. “We came away with first place, and that puts us in the state semi-finals this Saturday, and we hope to make it to the finals that night and perform at Papa John’s Stadium. I am extremely proud of our kids this season. They have had to persevere through illness and the craziest weather I can remember.”

In preparation for Saturday’s state semi-finals, Scotty Burns, assistant band director, drew for placement performance and came away with the best option the Washington County band could have.  Washington County will be performing 15th out of 16 bands at Christian Academy of Louisville at 2:45 p.m.  The KMEA finals will be held that night at Papa John’s Stadium starting at 6 p.m.