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Marching Knights finish 10th in Class AAAA

By Stephen Lega

Marion County Band Director Curtis Bennett has seen a lot of growth by the Marching Knights since the start of the season.
“It’s probably the most drastic improvement I’ve seen in a group ever,” Bennett said after Marion County’s performance in the Class AAAA semifinals Saturday at South Oldham. “We played ourselves into a shot at the finals. Most groups can’t say that.”
The Marching Knights finished 10th in their class with a score of 83.55. The top four bands advanced to the state finals Saturday evening at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
Anderson County received the high score in the semifinals with a 93.85, but finished second to Madisonville North in the finals.
Marion County field commander sophomore Sara Jean Hughes was impressed with her bandmates’ performance on Saturday.
“Musically, they had a lot of energy. They played clean,” she said.
Like Bennett, Hughes said she saw the band make big strides during the season.
“We had a lot of freshmen this year, and they’ve come a long way musically and learning how to march,” she said.
Bennett said 75 percent of this year’s band is underclassmen.
“The future is very bright,” he said.