The North Laurel High School marching band will compete this weekend in the Band of America’s Grand Nationals in Indianapolis.

After a season of great highs and a few lows, North Laurel High School’s marching band will head to Band of America’s Grand Nationals this weekend, the culmination of their year of hard work.

Band Director David McFadden is looking forward to his 91-member band experiencing the event, which is in Indianapolis.

“There are amazing bands there,” he said. “And Lucas Oil Stadium is amazing. It’s enormous, it’s huge, it blows your mind.”

McFadden said the bands are exciting to watch.

“You’ve got these Texas bands that are enormous,” he said. “There’s L.D. Bell High School from (Hurst), Texas. They have 80 percent kids on free and reduced lunch and the kids don’t start band until the seventh grade. It’s really cool to see a group like that win stuff. And then there’s Western Brown, one of the smallest band with 12 kids on the field.”

McFadden said NLHS’s band had wins in Hazard, Pulaski County, Russell County and Taylor County this year. But he added his band is still green.

“It’s been kind of up and down,” he said. “We won two grand champion trophies but it’s not like last year. It’s a young group.”

This year’s routine is called The Laws of Motion, which breaks down into three parts: Inertia, Force and Action v. Reaction..

The band members are looking forward to performing it in front of the 2,000-strong crowd.

“I’m super-excited,” senior Kelly Stewart said. “I got to go last year and I’m very excited to see the changes (at the stadium) and see the look on the other kids’ faces when they see how big it will be.”

Junior Tiffany Woolum, who part of the color guard, said she’s had a great time in band this year.

“This is probably by far the funnest year,” she said. “The students are really enjoyable. We’ve had a lot of fun trips and we’re about to take a really fun one next weekend.”

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