LOUISVILLE — Lafayette High School reclaimed the throne Saturday at the Kentucky Music Educators Association state band finals, taking first place in Class 5A over rival Paul Laurence Dunbar, which came in second, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader in its Sunday edition.
This marks the 19th year one of the two Lexington schools has taken the title. Lafayette has won more competitions total, but Dunbar was the reigning champion from 2007.
Also competing in Class 5A were North Hardin High School in Radcliff, which took third; and John Hardin from Elizabethtown, which took fourth, reports the Herald-Leader.
Louisville resembled an emergency evacuation zone Saturday morning as more than 100 school buses, charter buses and trailers, and thousands of cars carrying parents and friends, crowded highways to bring 80 high school marching bands from all over the state to the Kentucky Music Educators Association semi-final competition.
Those bands, which were narrowed down from around 120 at Oct. 25's quarter-final competition at Tates Creek High School, included five from Lexington. Lafayette, Dunbar, Tates Creek and Bryan Station high schools competed in class AAAAA, the largest class based on school size; Lexington Christian Academy competed in class A, the smallest, the Herald-Leader reports.
Semi-finals were held at various high schools throughout the day. Only 20 bands — four from each class — advanced to state finals. Lafayette and Dunbar were the only Lexington bands to make the cut, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.
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