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The Williamstown Band of Spirit marched in the cold and rain on Oct. 24 at the Boone County Rebel Classic at Boone County High School.
Despite the best efforts of the Boone County staff to repair the mud-soaked field, conditions were harsh. Williamstown, the first band of the day to take the field Saturday morning, marched their show at 11:15 a.m.
“We had an interesting time marching in the mud,” said band director Bob Gregg. In spite of a few mistakes and minor damage to instruments, The Band of Spirit took first place and best percusion in Class A competition, followed closely by Beechwood in second place.
Following their Boone County preliminary performance, the band traveled to Anderson High School in Ohio to compete in the 2009 Forest Hills Expo.
The Band of Spirit received the Reserve Grand Champion trophy, scoring just 1/10 of a point behind Grand Champion Lakota West High School.
Field conditions had improved when Williamstown returned to Boone County to take the field for finals competition. The band gave an amazing performance, but came up short for the first time this season.
Adair County was named grand champion and received all caption awards, with Beechwood earning reserve grand champion honors. Williamstown received a score of 89.4, which put them in third place overall. Grant County placed fourth, and Highlands rounded out the top five.
“The entire Williamstown Band family would like to congratulate Adair and Beechwood, as well as Grant County and Highlands. It was a great show on Saturday night and the scores were close. All of the bands performing in finals were great,” said Gregg. “Beechwood has been improving every week and they’ve got a great show. We’ve got a lot of work to do over the next two weeks to prepare for regionals and state competition, and we will be working hard.”
Williamstown will compete in class A Regionals competition on Oct. 31 at Madison Southern High School in Richmond.
(Submitted by Kathy Shoemaker)