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WKU hosting KMEA State Marching Band Championships on Oct. 29

WKU’s Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium will host the 2011 Kentucky Music Educators Association State Marching Band Championships on Saturday (Oct. 29).

The state finals will begin at 6 p.m. with 20 bands competing – four finalists in five classifications. The finals will conclude with the naming of a state champion in each class.

Results updated: Here are the top 4 in each class: Class 1A: 1. Beechwood, 2. Williamstown, 3. Murray, 4. Hazard; Class 2A: 1. Larue County, 2. Danville, 3. Washington County, 4. Glasgow; Class 3A: 1. Adair County, 2. Bourbon County, 3. Russell County, 4. Garrard County; Class 4A: 1. Madisonville North Hopkins, 2. Grant County, 3. John Hardin, 4. West Jessamine. Class 5A: 1. Paul Laurence Dunbar, 2. Lafayette, 3. Eastern, 4. Madison Central.

State semifinals will be held Saturday morning at sites in Bowling Green, Scottsville and Glasgow. A total of 16 bands in each class will compete for a chance to advance to the state finals.

Semifinal sites, starting times and bands (in performance order) are:

  • Class 1A: Warren Central High School, Bowling Green – 10 a.m.; Nicholas County, McLean County, Raceland, Metcalfe County, Paris, Russellville, Pineville, Hancock County, Harlan, Mayfield, Beechwood, Ballard Memorial, Williamstown, Murray, Hazard, Owensboro Catholic.
  • Class 2A: Greenwood High School, Bowling Green – 11 a.m.; Lewis County, Caldwell County, Lawrence County, Butler County, Morgan County, Green County, Henry County, Christian Academy of Louisville, Powell County, LaRue County, Lloyd Memorial, Trigg County, Wayne County, Washington County, Danville, Glasgow.
  • Class 3A: Allen County-Scottsville High School, Scottsville – 11 a.m.; Estill County, Allen County-Scottsville, Corbin, South Warren, Boyd County, Warren East, North Oldham, Hart County, Garrard County, Adair County, Rowan County, Russell County, Bourbon County, Elizabethtown, Boyle County, Taylor County.
  • Class 4A: Barren County High School, Glasgow – 11 a.m.; Harrison County, Hopkinsville, Pulaski County, Warren Central, Anderson County, Marion County, Montgomery County, Greenwood, Mercer County, Calloway County, West Jessamine, Madisonville-North Hopkins, Grant County, John Hardin, Madison Southern, South Oldham.
  • Class 5A: WKU’s Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green – 11 a.m.; George Rogers Clark, Nelson County, Madison Central, Central Hardin, Ryle, Grayson County, Henry Clay, Graves County, Eastern, North Hardin, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Daviess County, Lafayette, Marshall County, Tates Creek, Muhlenberg County.

Tickets for the semifinals are $10. Finals tickets are $12 and $17 and will be on sale at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 29).

This is the 26th year of the marching band championships, which are the culminating performance for more than 8,500 students in 134 high school bands from 84 counties participating in this year’s events.

To qualify, bands performed in at least two KMEA-sanctioned contests scheduled through Oct. 15 throughout the state. Each qualifying band then competed in regional quarterfinal competitions on Oct. 22 in six locations — three in the eastern part of the state and three in the western part of the state.

For information, call KMEA at (859) 626-5635 or go to http://www.KMEA.org.

WKU Traffic and Parking Affected

Traffic and parking at WKU will be affected Saturday by the KMEA State Marching Band Championships and the 2011 LifeSkills Run For Autism. The Run for Autism will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Bowling Green Ballpark but the race route comes around the WKU campus. (Click here for KMEA parking map)

Road closings

  • Avenue of Champions will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m. to midnight for the KMEA Band Competition.
  • Portions of University Boulevard, Normal Drive, Regents Avenue and Chestnut Street will be closed during the Run for Autism between 8 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.

Parking lot closings (Lots must be cleared by 7 a.m. Saturday)

  • Avenue of Champions on street parking to Keen Hall.
  • South Lawn Lot.
  • Parking lots around Diddle Arena: Diddle North, Diddle South and Diddle West.
  • Chestnut Street South Lot.
  • Back portion of Creason Lot near the Soccer Field.
  • Gated Regents will close Friday at 6 p.m. and will open at 6:30 a.m. Saturday.  No overnight parking.

Event parking

  • Parking Structures 1 & 2 will be used for KMEA event parking Saturday for $8.

For information, contact Parking and Transportation at (270) 745-2361.

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