Dunbar, Madison County Take Top Honors At State Band Contest

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.

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  • by McCordMBA Location: Paris on Oct 29, 2007 at 06:48 AM
    Actually, the reason there's no overall champion is that you cannnot compare scores between A-AAA and AAAA-AAAAA due to the different set of judges. For example, the judges that scored Adair were a different set that score Dunbar
  • by Lafayette Parent on Oct 23, 2007 at 10:19 AM
    I didn't mean to slight, or downplay PLD in their win. I merely wanted to point out how intense and tight the competition was, and will continue to be.
  • by Sheryl Location: Richmond on Oct 22, 2007 at 10:06 AM
    A win is a win, regardless of whether it is by .22 or 22! My congratulations to PLD for their victory! The top 4 bands in each division are to be commended. The level of competition at these events is amazing! The shows were awesome, and they each deserved to place. Mr. Brent Barton, the band director for Madison Central, deserves a congratulations for his tireless efforts with the MCHS Band. To be able to compete, and place, with all the bands in class 5A, is truly deserving of our thanks and support!
  • by Heather Location: Lexington on Oct 22, 2007 at 09:46 AM
    Way to go PLD. You deserve it!! AS being a TC band memeber in the 1990's I am so happy that Lafayette gets beat at anytime. Great Job!! Continue the success.
  • by Melissa Location: Nicholasville on Oct 22, 2007 at 05:49 AM
    The overall champs in each division were: 1A - Williamstown HS, 2A - Muhlenberg South, 3A - Adair County, 4A - Madisonville North Hopkins; 5A - Dunbar. Adair County got the highest score overall. 80 bands competed in semi-finals reduced to 20 bands for state finals. The hardest working bunch of kids and parents belong to marching bands so please support your local bands.
  • by Lafayette Parent on Oct 22, 2007 at 05:14 AM
    Congrats to PLD. .22 points between 1st and 2nd. To say the least, it was a tight competition. Regardless of school, everyone should be proud of the performances of the Fayette County Schools!
  • by Steve Location: danville on Oct 21, 2007 at 08:57 PM
    Actually PLD only won Class AAAAA, Madison Central was 4th place in Class AAAAA. KMEA does not award an overall state champion award. Score wise, Adair Co. had the highest score of any band at finals beting PLD by almost 2 points.


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