By Rhonda Smyth, News Editor
The Estill County High School Marching Engineers ended the regular marching season on a high note when they competed at the Powell County High School competition Saturday in Stanton.
“It was an awesome weekend!” Band Director Jason Bowles, exclaimed. “ It was by far the best performance of the year. I said at the beginning that this show would not peak until late October… this week it will peak.”
Bowles was also proud to have scored higher than Hazard’s band.
“I have been trying to beat Hazard since I was in high school. This was a first for us. We also beat Harrison County, another state champion band,” he said.
The goals he has set for the band for this week’s trip to regional competition in Morehead is simple… be in the top eight bands at the end of the competition.
“This will qualify us for states for the fifth straight year. After that, it is a clean slate and the best 16 bands that the state has to offer will be fighting for the final four spots,” he explained.
Bowles said the show is really coming together as a total package but that isn’t all.
“The kids are really starting to come together as a band. It is finally a total group effort with pride and ownership,” he said. “This is vital for post season competing.
The Marching Engineers will take the field at 1 p.m Saturday at Rowan County High School in Morehead. Admission is $10 at the gate.