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They practiced for weeks in the heat, in the rain and sometimes cold.
They traveled hundreds of miles to perform.
They marched, even when they were sick, and it all paid off when the Williamstown Band of Spirit brought home the state championship title in Class A for the fifth time since 2004.
The Grant County High School Marching Band earned second place honors in Class AAAA bands at the state competition held Nov. 7 at Papa John’s Stadium in Louisville.
By the numbers:
Grant - 65
Williamstown - 88 on field and 12 student equipment managers
Grant - 87.37, second place behind Madisonville North Hopkins, who scored 88.62
Grant - 5
(Travis Phelps, Lavonda Willoughby, Heather Rice, Monica Hamilton and Roxanne Fannin)
(Katie Webster, Eric White, Lee Feldmann, Tyler Tolle, Miles Fortner, Melanie Kretzer, Wil Threlkeld, Brad Cook, Troy Napier, Storm Mason, David Navarette, Donna Williams, Kyle Knarr, Emily Mann, Ashley Farley, Cleo Northcutt, Dustin Stumbo, Andrew Shields, Sara Clayton, Mackenzie Cloe and Nicole Hendy)
• 2009 - Championship
• 2008 - Championship
• 2007 - Championship
• 2006 - second place
• 2005 - Championship
• 2004 - Championship
• 2003- second place
• 2002 - second place
• 2009 marked GCHS’s return to state finals competition since 2000.
• Champions in 1995 and 1998; 2nd in 1996 and 1997 and third in 1994, 1999 and 2000