The Owensboro Catholic Marching Aces won the KMEA Class 1A state championship Saturday at Kroger Field in Lexington. The Daviess County Band of Pride finished 8th in Class 4A.
Both high school bands won their respective regional competitions a week prior to advance to the KMEA (Kentucky Music Educators Association semifinals, which were held Saturday morning.
Twelve bands advanced to the semifinals of each class, with the top six scorers advancing to the finals.
Owensboro Catholic finished second in the semifinal round with a total score of 85.15, with Williamstown Senior High School placing first with 85.35.
In the finals, the Marching Aces earned the highest score in each category to claim the overall championship in Class 1A with a score of 84.85, and Williamstown took second with an 81.00.
Daviess County faced stiff competition, placing 8th with an overall score of 81.15 in the semifinals. Bourbon County High School’s 87.65 was good for the top spot in the semifinals, though they were edged out in the finals to the Class 4A state champion Anderson County High School.