By Rhonda Smyt, CV&T News Editor
The Estill County High School Marching Engineers began their competition season at the East Jessamine County High School Invitational Contest Saturday in Nicholasville.
The Marching Engineers, led by Field Commander Morgan Johnson, performed their show entitled “Heritage” with confidence and energy that pleased and excited the large crowd that filled the bleachers.
The band has a group of loyal supporters made up of parents, grandparents, other relatives and friends who travel with them to make a lot of noise.
Band Director Jason Bowles was pleased with the caliber of Saturday’s performance.
“I thought it was a great performance for the first time out,” he said. “We had a great week of practice leading up to this performance, but the show at East Jessamine exceeded everyone’s expectations…even the kids.”
He said the group still has a lot of work to do but is encouraged with the good start.
“We are setting some lofty goals for next week and the rest of the season,” he said. “I knew it would take a while to get this show where it needs to be and by mid-October we will be ready.”
The Marching Engineers will travel to North Laurel County High School on Sept. 17. The rest of their schedule includes Sept. 26-Hazard, Oct. 3-South Laurel County, Oct. 17-Pulaski County, Oct. 24- Powell County, Oct. 31-Regionals at Rowan County and Nov. 7-State.
State finals will again be held at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville but Bowles hadn’t been informed of the location for state preliminary competition.