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Name of competition: Simon Kenton Marching Band Classic
Location and date: Simon Kenton High School in Independence.
Names and number of bands participating: 17
Ranking and any awards: Williamstown received Best Music, Best Visual, Best Effect, Best Percussion, Best Guard, and first place Band in Class 2A with a score of 77.5. There were three other bands in this class (Indian Hill, Harrison County, Martha Layne Collins). In prelims, the WHS Band of Spirit was second overall out of the 17 competing bands (regardless of class). Milford, Ohio was in first place following prelims but elected not to stay and perform in the finals competition due to weather considerations. Several finalist bands opted not to stay and perform again. The WHS Band of Spirit rolled the dice in hopes of a dry evening. Their gamble paid off. In the finals, the WHS Band of Spirit received the Best Music, Best Visual, Best Effect, Best Percussion, second place Guard Overall, and was named the Grand Champion with a score of 78.3. Bloomington South was the Reserve Grand Champion with a 72.9. A huge thank you to all of our parents who helped keep us dry and fed throughout the day!
How do you feel about the performance?: The students and staff have worked hard to make adjustments to the production. That work paid off with our two best performances of the year. Our show was well received by the adjudicators. We are looking forward to more improvements over the next three weeks.
What areas need to be improved and how do you feel the band is doing at this point in the season?: The wind players seem to run out of gas at the end of the show. So, we will need to make sure that we get them physically conditioned so that they can finish the show strong.
Date, location and name of next competition: KMEA State Class A East Quarterfinals at Madison Southern High School in Berea.
(By Chris Hedges, WHS band director)