DCHS Band of Pride sweeps first competition

September 17, 2018 | 4:00 am

Updated September 16, 2018 | 9:27 pm

Photo courtesy of DCHS Band Director Karen Alward

The Daviess County High School Band of Pride competed Saturday night in the Ohio County Marching Invitational, a Kentucky Music Education Association (KMEA) sanctioned competition. Their show, “Fields of Promise,” consists of music by Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein.

According to Band Director Karen Alward, this was the first outing of the season for the DCHS Band of Pride, who not only took home top place in their class, but they took home first-place wins in every category — by their classification and overall.

The 120-member band received best percussion 5A, best color guard 5A, first place in 5A, best overall guard, best overall percussion, best overall effect, best overall music performance, best overall visual and grand champion.

“Our program hasn’t been there in a while,” Alward said. “We felt like it was a little surreal.”

Alward says the Band of Pride is on the lower end of number of band members compared to other bands in the 5A category, which typically have closer to 200 members.

“We will have to be on our A-game if we want to finish the season the way we began,” Alward said. “But I can’t imagine a better way to start our season.”

September 17, 2018 | 4:00 am

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