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Holmes Marching Band Heads to State Semis Friday


The Holmes High School community will send off the Holmes High School Marching Band in Bulldog style as students, parents and staff line Campus Drive at 12:15 p.m. Friday (October 26) to cheer and wish the band members well as they leave to compete in the state band contest.
The tiny band made school history last week when it became the first band at Holmes to qualify for the state semis by placing sixth in Bourbon County. The Kentucky Music Education Association began the state marching band contest in 1986, said Holmes Band Director Jared Murray. Prior to that, individual contests were held throughout the state. Before now, no Holmes band had qualified for the KMEA contest, he said.
The band will be competing Saturday in Bowling Green.
“I am one proud band director,’’ Murray said. “I am just enthusiastic. I am proud of all these students, especially the seniors.’’
Murray, who has been the band director for three years, has grown the marching band from 15 to 35 members, including 16 first time marchers on the field. The band is made up of mostly 7th, 8th and 9 th grade students. The band competes in Class 3A. The classes are determined by school size and not by band size. So, Holmes will be competing against bands that has three to four times more and band members.
“We’re a little band competing against a lot of big bands,’’ Murray said. “Words can’t describe how proud I am of these kids.’’
PHOTO: Holmes Marching Band in the homecoming parade/RCN file