South Laurel High School marching band unleased their musical and marching talents on North Laurel High School's "The Jungle" on Saturday, winning numerous awards including the Reserve Grand Champion trophy for second place.

South Laurel competed in the Class AAAA division, winding down the day's compeition against Pulaski County, Wayne County and Harlan County marching bands.

The neon green sleeves on black uniforms with matching green bungee cords marked the theme of South Laurel's marching band show that featured neon green curved metal structures with band members climbing and posing while playing as part of the show. This show has already earned second place at the Madison Southern marching band competition on Sept. 8.

Pulaski County took the top award with their performance of "Cold as Ice" that featured band members in white uniforms offset with sequins that reflected the sunlight as they marched and moved with their musical performance.

Corbin's Marching Redhound band placed third overall as well as taking the top spot in the Class AAA awards for Best Percussion and Best Color Guard in that division. Their show was entitled "Sirens."

Fifteen bands made the trek to London on Saturday afternoon, some traveling as far as Erlanger and Lee County for the competition. Lee County took the Esprit Award.

As host, North Laurel's band could not compete but did perform an exhibition of their "Spellbound" show while judges tallied their scores of each band for the awards presentation.

Winners in the event were:

Class A - Somerset, First Place, Best Color Guard and Best Percussion

Class AA - Christian Academy of Louisville, first place and Best Percussion; Pike County, second place; Lloyd Memorial, Best Color Guard and third place; Lewis County County, fourth place

Class AAA - Corbin, first place, Best Percussion and Best Color Guard; Rockcastle County, second place; Knox Central, third place; and Perry County, fourth place

Class AAAA - Pulaski County, first place and Best Color Guard; South Laurel High School, second place and Best Percussion; Wayne County, third place; Harlan County, fourth place

Overall awards:

Grand Champion - Pulaski County

Reserve Grand Champion - South Laurel

Jack Walker Director's Award - Corbin

Esprit Award - Lee County

South Laurel will host its Cardinal Classic marching band invitational show next month. Both local marching bands will be competing in weekly competitions with the South Laurel contest marking the end of the regular marching band competition season.

njohnson@sentinel-echo.com

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