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WHS Band of Spirit awarded Grand Champion

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By The Staff

After a day of tough competition, the Williamstown Band of Spirit was awarded top honors Sept. 18 at the Madison Central Tournament of Bands in Richmond, receiving the Grand Champion trophy.  

Competing in Class A preliminaries early in the day against Nicholas and Lee County; the band won first place, best color guard and best percussion in their class.

Following preliminary competition, the Band of Spirit was in second place overall,  with a mere fraction of a point separating them from third place Grant County.  Louisville Male had the highest score of the afternoon going into finals.

The heat was on for finals competition, as each band brought their best performance. The judges would not have an easy job narrowing the field to just one winner.  After a another solid show by Grant County, Williamstown took the field at 8:15 p.m..  

“I was really pleased by the confidence  and enthusiasm the band showed with their energetic performance,” said Bob Gregg, director.

The waiting began and would last another two hours until awards were  announced.  Williamstown was awarded Best Overall Color Guard, Best Overall Percussion, and Best Overall Music Effect and Best Overall Music Performance, along with the Grand Champion title. Grant County received the second place Reserve Grand Champion trophy and Best Visual Effect honors. Louisville Male came in 3rd.

“There were some great performances by some amazing bands here today. It was a great competition” said Gregg.

Drum Major Alex Trumbo summed up her thoughts about the young band: “I know I love my band kids. They’re the best,” the senior said. “I’ll stand behind them, win or lose.”

Arriving home to a celebration, the students were escorted through Williamstown by the local fire department.

Next on the schedule for Williamstown is a performance on Sept. 25 at the B.O.A. Regional Competition at Papa John’s Stadium in Louisville.

(Submitted by Kathy Shoemaker.)