Both the Logan County and Russellville high school bands are advancing to the State Semi-Final Competitions in Louisville this upcoming weekend. The Marching Cougars and Panthers have had exciting and prosperous seasons, which have lead the musicians one step away from as far as you can go in band.
“I am so very proud of the kids in our band,”said LCHS Director David Dayton. “They have all worked so hard to get here. Their dedication and spirit are a reflection of their success. “When you have a good attitude and a good work ethic, this is what happens. I am so happy for them.”
Logan County will be heading to South Oldham High School Saturday, while Russellville will be heading to Butler Traditional Highschool. Both will face 15 other bands who are the best in the state. There will be eight bands from the west and eight from the east. Only four in each will move on to the state competition at Papa Johns Stadium.
Logan County is a Class 4A school and Russellville a Class A school. Classification depends on size of the school.
Logan County’s 2016 theme is “Don’t Bother, They’re Here- Send in the Clowns.” The theme is centered around the performer. Dayton hasn’t focused as much on the backdrop as he has the music for this show. There are some red dots on the field to represent the classic red nose of the clown and a few balloons as well.
“We have a little bit of everything musically in our show,” said Dayton. “Send in the Clowns” is a beautiful melancholy piece. We also feature Fascinating Ribbons, which is a contemporary piece, and then Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #2.”
Both Dayton and Brown have grown their bands considerably over the years. There are currently 86 members in the Marching Cougar Band and 50 in the Marching Panther Band.
Russellville’s show takes from the popular 1960’s television show “The Twilight Zone.”
“The show takes from the traditional Twilight Zone musical theme throughout,” said Russellville’s Director Brown. “It’s a mixture of Jazz based in 1930’s and features all different aspects of the band. From woodwinds, brass and percussion to the guard, everyone has a piece to play in the show.”
Brown said he is extremely proud of his band kids.
“This is probably one of the more talented groups I’ve had the pleasure to work with,” said Brown. “They have all been incredibly hard working and have done everything we have asked of them to do. I’m the most proud of how they have helped each other throughout the season.”
During the regular season both bands were honored for their work. Logan County received two Reserve Grand Champions and a distinguished rating with a 83.3 score in Hopkinsville. Russellville was honored with 1st in Class twice, 1st in Percussion and 1st in Guard twice.
Both directors said they couldn’t have had such a successful program without the support of the Band Boosters, all the parents, and volunteers.
“Mandy Beasly and my staff are incredible,” said Dayton.
“We have a great group of parents,” said Brown.
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