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The Carroll County High School Band of Gold finished marching band season on a high note at the state semifinals Saturday, Nov. 1.
The band came in 12th out of 16 bands in Class AA at the Kentucky Music Educators Association competition, hosted by Pleasure Ridge Park High School in Louisville, Ky.
The band topped the goal of 70 points, set by band director Scott Brawner, earning 72.5 points for the day.
The band earned a score of 16 of 20 points from one judge and 14.6 of 20 points from another judge for music; 17 of 20 points for music effect; 6.1 out of 10 points from one judge and 6.2 of 10 from another for visual performance; and 12.6 out of 20 points for visual effect, which added up to 72.5 points.
“That’s the highest standing Carroll County has ever had,” said senior tuba player Tristan Root, who has been a member of the marching band for six years. “We did very well this season.”
Brawner agreed. “This is the best the band has scored since the scoring method was changed six years ago,” he said. “This has been a great season.”
This also is the first year Brawner has led the band as director. He replaced long-time band director Jeff Root, who retired last year.
Junior Susan Lewellyn, who joined the band this year as a member of the color guard, says she already is looking forward to next year.
“It has been amazing to see how much we improved from band camp up until Saturday,” she said. “I think this season has been really good.”
Lewellyn said she plans to participate in concert band this year, too. “A bunch of people want me to play the trombone.”
Junior Morgan Mills has played clarinet in the band for three years. “At the beginning of the season, it was going kind of slow. But, it gradually got better and better with each competition. I think the season, overall, was great. I am very happy about the end result.”
Senior Raeanna Kelley, a member of the marching band for five years, plays percussion instruments, including the marimba, xylophone, bells, and chimes in the front ensemble – also known as “the pit”.
“I’m kind of sad it’s my last year, but I think this was a very good year and I had a lot of fun,” she said. “We did well and improved a lot from last year.”
Competition for the CCHS concert band begins in December.