The Grayson County Cougar Marching Band finished top four and earned a distinguished rating at the KMEA regional competition at Muhlenberg County High School this past Saturday, Oct. 24.
“We had a great performance,” said Grayson County Band Director Aaron Bell. “Our kids are starting to catch fire, and I’m excited about that.”
The Marching Cougars’ show this year is called “Steampunk: Out with the Old…” and earned the band fourth place in the division behind North Hardin, Central Hardin, and Muhlenberg County, as well as a Distinguished rating from the judges at the Class A quarterfinals on Saturday.
The Grayson County Marching Cougars received a police escort through town this past Saturday evening when they returned, and they were welcomed home by a showing of community support.
“I am beyond proud of our students, as well as our community,” said Ashley Bell, Associate Director of Bands at Grayson County Schools. “I am constantly blown away by the amazing support we get, not only from our fantastic band booster organization, but our community as a whole. It’s very exciting to see our kids get the recognition that they deserve.”
Following the regional competition, for the fifth year in a row, the band will compete in the state semi-finals.
The Marching Cougars will travel to Western Kentucky University this Saturday, Oct. 31 for the state semi-finals and finals. They will perform at 12:30 p.m.
“I think we are carrying a lot of momentum into this weekend,” said Aaron Bell. “I can’t wait for the kids to get to perform at the state level, against the greatest bands in the state, at WKU. It’s going to be a very exciting day for all of us.”
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.