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Adair earns runner-up in KMEA State Championship

By Amber Hobaugh

The Adair County High School Marching Band had a lengthy but successful Saturday this past weekend as they traveled to Bowling Green to participate in the Kentucky Music Education Association's (KMEA) Class AAA semifinals and finals events.

First up, the group headed to Warren Central High School where they performed their show Triplicity amongst 11 other bands of their peers. Competing against bands from Pulaski, Murray, Mercer, LaRue, Russell, John Hardin, South Laurel, Elizabethtown, West Jessamine, Taylor and Garrard this group showed up and showed out to prove what Adair County is made of.

As awards were presented, Murray High School swept the field taking awards for Best Visual, Best Music, Best Overall Effect earning them a Distinguished rating and the top place in scores. Behind them, also with a Distinguished rating, and in order of scores were Adair, South Laurel, Russell, and Taylor. Garrard County also advanced to finals but did not receive a Distinguished rating.

From there, the advancing bands loaded instruments, equipment, props and students and headed over to Western Kentucky University to participate in KMEA State Finals at Houchens Industries L.T Smith Stadium. The top six bands from Class A, AA, AAA, AAAA, AAAAA all competed for top honors at the event. In total, 30 bands from across the State vied for the opportunity to be declared the best of their class.

During finals awards, in Class AAA Murray swept the field again earning the title of State Champions, while also taking awards for Best Overall Music, Best Overall Visual and Best Overall Effect. In order of scores Adair County High School was the runner-up, Russell County placed third, Taylor County and South Laurel High School tied for fourth in overall points and Garrard placed sixth.

"We are incredibly proud of the 2023 Adair County Marching Band for their second place finish," said band director Jordan Humphress.

He continued by saying, "The students did a phenomenal job from beginning to end this season. This has been one of the most enjoyable groups to ever work with."

Humphress went on to praise the leadership skills from the more experienced band members by saying that they made rehearsals exciting for the other students each and every day and led their peers by example.

Senior band member Tegan Cole said, "It felt great knowing that I could not have done any better than what I did. I feel like all the work that I've put in for the last six years finally paid off."

Cole continued by saying that with having a small band, it makes each member feel like a part of a family. That because of that family dynamic, it allows everyone to be open and honest with one another driving each other to be better.

"We're not competing against one another, we're competing against ourselves."

Humphress followed up by saying that he is looking towards a bright future for the Adair County Band, "I think they've set a really good culture for years to come for this program to have great success. I'm very proud of this group as a whole and the things they have attained and I look forward to what's coming in the future."

To recap the Adair County Band's 2023 season for their show titled Triplicity:

The group started off the season by hosting the Mark Twain Exhibition at Adair County Schools on August 26th. The Adair County Marching Band performed well during their run of the show's opener.

Following Mark Twain, the group traveled to Madison Southern High School on September 9, 2023 where they earned first place honors during preliminary awards, as well as awards for Best Percussion and Best Color Guard. For finals awards, the Adair County band was named Reserve Grand Champions.

Next up, was the 2023 Rebel Showdown in Boyle County on September 16, 2023. The group earned a second place finish for preliminary awards in Class 3A-1 but a fourth place finish overall during final awards later that evening.

On October 14, 2023 the group traveled to Leitchfield to participate in the Grayson County High School Marching Band Invitational. For this competition they received a first place finish for Class AAA, Best Color Guard for Class AAA and Reserve Grand Champions overall.

The following weekend, the Adair County Band was at it again as they traveled to Bowling Green to compete in the KMEA Class AAA-West Quarterfinals event at Warren East High School. The group earned a second place finish in scores, coming in behind Murray High School and earning them the advancement to last weekend's semifinals event.

The group gave an encore community performance November 2, 2023 at Lindsey Wilson College's Parnell Family Stadium to wrap up their final show of the season.

Congratulations 2023 Adair County Marching Band on all of your successes!

This story was posted on 2023-11-06 09:21:03
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Adair County High School Marching Band

2023-11-06 - Photo from Kentucky Marching Band.
Adair County High School Marching Band earned runner-up in KMEA State Championship in a lengthy but successful Saturday event as they traveled to Bowling Green to participate in the Kentucky Music Education Association's (KMEA) Class AAA semifinals and finals events.

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ACHS at the KMEA State Championship

2023-11-06 - Photo from Kentucky Marching Band.
Adair County High School Marching Band leaders: Bryce Willis - Assistant Director, Kyle Atwood - Senior Tuba player, Tegan Cole - Senior percussionist (drum line), Jordan Grider- Senior melophone player, Hannah Arnold - Drum Major, and Jordan Humphress - Director.

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