Daviess County and Owensboro Catholic are each heading to the KMEA State Marching Band semifinals this Saturday after winning their respective regional competitions last weekend.
Both bands competed at the Stadium of Champions in Hopkinsville. OCHS claimed top honors in Class 1A, while Daviess County was awarded co-champion honors in 4A.
OCHS earned the top score in all three categories — music performance, visual performance, general effect — to easily win their competition with an overall score of 80.00. Cumberland County took second place with a 72.95 and Mayfield was third with 70.70.
Daviess County finished .3 points or less off the top score in each of the three categories, but their consistent high ratings was enough to finish as co-champions. DCHS and Christian County each finished with an overall score of 80.60. Hopkinsville was a close third with 80.30.
The semifinals and finals will all take place in Lexington this Saturday. Six finalist bands will be chosen from each classification. Semifinals will be held at five separate sites (OCHS will be at Kroger Field; DCHS at Bourbon County High School), with the finals all held at Kroger Field on the University of Kentucky campus.
Ticket pre-sales for 2021 semifinals and finals will end Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. EDT (click here to purchase). All tickets will be sent to the Kroger Field will-call window. On Saturday, semifinals tickets may be purchased at any of the semifinals sites, and finals tickets (reserved seat) may be purchased at Kroger Field after 8:30 a.m. The ticket booth will close at 1 p.m. and reopen at 2:30 p.m. that day, and tickets will be sold until the end of finals.
For the semifinals, general admission is $12. For the finals, reserved seating is $15 for regular, $20 for preferred, and $25 for premium. Children age six and under will be admitted free, but will not be given a ticket.