LOUISVILLE, KY -- Lexington's Dunbar High School retook the state championship it lost last year and Richmond's Madison Central took top honors in its division at the Kentucky Music Educators Association state championships yesterday in Louisville.
A Madison Central band boosters club of about 400 people was on hand to cheer for the band when they marched to their first ever Class 5 championship.
Dunbar took the overall championship before a packed house at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
Dunbar had won state championships in 2003, 2004 and 2005 before losing to Lexington's Lafayette High School, which was the perennial powerhouse of the 1990s and early 2000s before Dunbar unseated them for three years running.
Madison Central ended up fourth overall, Lafayette came in second and North Hardin won third place.
Dunbar won contest-wide with its performance of "My Immortal" by the group Evanescence, which it will perform again next month when it represents the state at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.