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Led onto the field for the first time by new field commander Lucas Hampton, Grant County Marching Band started the season off with a bang as they brought home Reserve Grant Champion behind a fellow Grant County band, the Williamstown Band of Spirit.
They performed their repertoire “4” at 3 p.m. at the 19th annual Beechwood High School Festival of Bands and later competed in finals among 10 other bands.
“It was great to see success early, considering our show isn’t even finished. We need to continue getting stronger and cleaner, but the kids have worked extremely hard and it’s nice to have a payoff. Now, it’s back to work,” band director David D. Owens said.
This was a proud moment not only for the Grant County Marching Band, but for Grant County.
Brad Johnson, Grant band booster vice-president, shared in the excitement of the bands celebration.
“I think it is wonderful that Grant County has so many quality musicians that two bands within Grant County are able to bring home Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion. Both bands had a wondrous weekend and I can’t wait to see them both at Papa John’s Stadium,” Johnson said.
In addition to Reserve Grand Champion, Grant also won first in its class during preliminary competition.
Grant County Marching Band will be traveling to Campbell County Middle School in Alexandria on Sept. 19. Grant County will host its ninth annual Marching Band Competition at Grant County High School on Oct. 3.
(Submitted by Annette Crimmins)