Sixteen high school marching bands from across the state will gather at historic Rhea Stadium on October 31 for the Kentucky Music Educators Association’s Class A State Semi-Final Competition. This is almost the end of the journey for these marching bands, which have worked tirelessly in competition to reach this point. The top four finalists will proceed to Western Kentucky University for the finals competition. It will be an exciting morning and afternoon for high school marching band, and for the City of Russellville.
Russellville High School’s marching panthers were invited to host the Class A Semi-Finals Competition by the KMEA. The Panther Band Boosters will receive all the proceeds from concessions, so it will be a great fundraiser for the band, but will take a lot of work. The Panthers already hosted their annual Show of Bands competition on September 19. This will be a Show of Bands times ten.
The bands will be arriving at 7:30 a.m. at and around the stadium. Some roads will be blocked off to allow for the traffic and parking of buses, semi-trailers, and equipment trucks. Residents are asked to park their cars off the road for this reason. There will be overseeing of this process, and driveways will not be blocked to the neighboring homes.
To those living in the neighborhood around the stadium, the competition will be over at 3 p.m., so should not impact Halloween trick-or-treat activities. The amount of people coming into the city for this event will economically benefit the restaurants and businesses, so patience is asked. Come on out to Rhea Stadium on October 31 and see the best the state has in Class A Marching Bands!
The Marching Panthers would like to take this opportunity to thank the many community sponsors who help keep music in Russellville. The Carpenter Company, Logan Aluminum, Carter-Douglas, Dr. James C. Dodson, Royal Music of Bowling Green, H&H Sheet Metal, Riley White Pharmacy, Ventra Plastics, Price Funeral Home, Logan Telephone Coop, Bouldin Roofing, Emerson Electric, Auburn Banking Company, Edward Jones, and the Carpenter Center, and many others through advertisement sponsorship, have all contributed to the excellence of the Russellville music program.