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Band of Spirit named Grand Champion

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By The Staff

The stands were packed with  fans as The Williamstown Band of Spirit won the Grand Champion banner in Ft. Mitchell on Sept. 12 at the 2009 Beechwood High School Festival of Bands.

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Earlier in the day, Williamstown swept the Class A Preliminary Competition, winning first place, as well as outstanding music, visual and overall effect honors; paving the way for a spot in finals competition later in the evening.

One at a time, 11 bands took the field for finals, with Williamstown performing in the seventh time slot. 

The Band of Spirit was awarded  for their efforts with a score of 85.84, placing them squarely in first place.  They also received  overall outstanding awards for color guard, music, visual, and effect. 

The second place award and Reserve Grand Champion trophy went to Grant County, with Dixie Heights taking third place and overall outstanding Percussion.  

Seniors Troy Napier and Mackenzie Chloe were pleased with the performance and judges results, but are quick to point out that there are still many improvements to be made. 

“We are starting the season at a really high level, I just hope we can keep it that way.” Chloe said. 

“The show went really well, but we could have done better,” Napier said.  “We just need to keep improving and keep moving forward.” 

The band will take that drive for perfection to Eastern High School in Louisville on Sept 19, where they will once again compete for top honors.  

And for a few hours this weekend, cross town rivalries were set aside as band members from both Williamstown and Grant County joined together to celebrate their success.  

The two bands were escorted through the county by fire and other local officials in an early morning parade.  The four buses were cheered on by parents and fans wearing both blue and orange along the way.

“We have the best band parents in the state.”  Director Bob Gregg said.  “Everyone works so hard to help make this possible.  The Board of Education and Superintendent Skinner are also such an amazing support to us.  We couldn’t do it without them.”

(Submitted by Kathy Shoemaker)