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MCHS Band grand champions at Russell County competition

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By Stevie Lowery

The Marion County High School Marching Band attended the Russell High School Marching Invitational in Russell Saturday, Sept. 7, and for the first time since 2009, the Marching Knights earned Grand Champion (first place overall) at a KMEA sanctioned event.
The Marching Knights were also awarded first place, best percussion, best color guard in Class 4A, best overall music and best overall visual.
According to Band Director Curtis Bennett, Saturday's performance has turned the heads of many in the marching band world as the Marching Knights were the highest scoring 4A band and 5th highest scoring band overall from around the state.
“The group is very young yet determined to be a factor in the state marching band championships come late October,” Bennett said in an email. “It was incredibly enjoyable and the perfect learning experience for these young musicians who take great pride in representing the Marion County community."