Sept. 19, 2012 — Morehead State University’s Blue and Gold Marching Band Championship will be held on the MSU campus Saturday, Sept. 29. A total of 24 bands from Ohio and Kentucky will participate in the event at Jayne Stadium.
Nationally recognized authorities in the field of marching band will evaluate the bands. These adjudicators include: Tom Chaffin, Huntington, W.Va.; Dr. Joseph Scagnoli, Muncie, Ind.; Nan Moore, Louisville; Dr. John Stroube, Richmond; Dr. Brant Karrick, Alexandria; Brian Froedge, Elizabethtown; Professor Jason Koontz, Richmond; and Jonathan Smith, Ludlow.
The championship includes both a Preliminary and Finals Competition. The Preliminary Competition starts at 9:15 a.m. Each band will be evaluated for a Kentucky Music Educators Association sanctioned rating of Distinguished, Proficient, Apprentice and Novice. In addition, the bands will compete for first, second and third place in one of five classifications divided according to school size.
The Finals Competition begins at 5:30 p.m. and will feature three outstanding Exhibition Bands and the top 12 bands. The bands will compete in the evening for a ranking of 1-12 regardless of school size. The highest scoring band will be awarded the coveted MSU Blue and Gold Grand Champion Award. Additional recognitions will include the Outstanding Auxiliary and Percussion Awards presented at the Preliminary Competition. The Finals Competition specialty awards will include recognition for the Best Visual Performance, Best Music Performance, Best General Effect, Best Woodwinds and Best Brass.
High schools participating (and performance times) are:
Nicholas County, 9:15 a.m.; Bellevue, 9:30 a.m.; Paris, 9:45 a.m.; Raceland, 10 a.m.; Lewis County, 10:15 a.m.; Carroll County, 10:30 a.m.; Russell, 10:45 a.m.; Sheldon Clark, 11 a.m.; Garrard County, 11:45 a.m.; Hillsboro, noon;
Fleming County, 12:15 p.m.; Mason County, 12:30 p.m.; Rowan County, 12:45 p.m.; Elizabethtown, 1 p.m.; Madison Southern , 1:30 p.m.; Mercer County, 1:45 p.m.; Bullitt Central, 2 p.m.; Henry Clay, 2:30 p.m.; Bryan Station, 2:45 p.m.;
Eastern High School, 3 p.m.; Ryle, 3:15 p.m.; Tates Creek, 3:30 p.m.; Campbell County, 3:45 p.m. and George Rogers Clark, 4 p.m.
The MSU band will perform at 9:30 p.m. and will precede the Finals Competition award ceremony. Dr. Susan Creasap serves as the director of the MSU Marching Band and is assisted by Dr. Brian Mason, director of the MSU Marching Percussion.
This year’s production features an exciting presentation of the great German composer, Carl Orff’s cantata titled “Carmina Burana.”
The first band of the event performs in the Preliminary Competition at 9:15 a.m. The Finals Competition begins at 5:30 p.m. and the MSU Performance is at 9:30 p.m. with the Awards Ceremony immediately following at 9:45 p.m.
General admission to the Preliminary Competition and the Finals Competition is $8 for each separate event and children six and under are admitted free. A special rate that includes both Prelims and Finals is available for only $10.
The MSU Blue and Gold Marching Band Championship is sponsored by the Morehead State University Bands, Dr. Richard Miles, director of bands and Dr. Creasap.
Additional information is available by contacting the Morehead State University Bands Office at 783-2485.