Local News

October 25, 2012

North Laurel Band advances to state

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — For the first time in five years, the North Laurel High School Marching Band will advance to state, having placed eighth in the 5A east regional quarter finals at Mt. Sterling Saturday.

“This is one of the toughest regions,” said band director David McFadden.  “Four out of the top eight were Lexington schools.  We are the only one from this part of the state to make the top eight.”

The 93-member band competed against 12 bands at Mt. Sterling and secured themselves a spot at state semi-finals in Bowling Green this weekend.McFadden has high hopes for his band at Western Kentucky University on Oct. 27.  

“I’d like to finish in the top 10,” he said.  The highest NLHS band has ever placed at state was 12th in 1995.  

This season’s performance is entitled "Renewal," with music from the Russian ballet "The Rite of Spring" by Igor Stravinsky.  It was a difficult piece to learn, said McFadden, but band members proved they could shine just a week into band camp this summer.

“Toward the end of the first week of band camp, it started clicking,” he said.  “They’ve just been on fire.”

The NLHS band is relatively young this year. With only 11 seniors, the band has shown hard work pays off.  They were named reserve grand champions at three out of four local contests they have participated in.

“It’s a good group of kids this year,” McFadden said.  “They are just in shock.  We weren’t expecting it (state).”

McFadden credits an experienced band camp staff this year, as well as a supportive group of band parents.

“We had a really good band camp staff, and we’ve never had this much parent support,” he said.  “Hopefully, we can build from this next year.”

In addition, McFadden praised the Laurel County Board of Education who, in a time when other school districts are cutting arts programs, made an investment in all four district band programs.

Bands at North Laurel High, North Laurel Middle, South Laurel High and South Laurel Middle received new instruments thanks to the funding provided by the school board, as well as new uniforms for both high school bands this year.

“All four are awesome band programs,” McFadden said.  “The school board made a big investment and it’s really made a difference.”

The community is invited to a send-off performance on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on the school football field. All are welcome to attend.

Text Only
Local News
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Now that school is out, what are your family’s summer vacation plans?

A. No major plans. We will probably hang out around Laurel County.
B. Going to the beach!
C. Kentucky has a lot of wonderful state parks, and we plan to visit a few and enjoy quality family time.
     View Results