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Landmark Season for Holmes Band & Other CIPS Notes

The following information comes from the officer of Covington Independent Public Schools Superintendent Lynda Jackson:

Congratulations to the Holmes High School Marching Band for its remarkable 2012 season. The band concluded its competition season Saturday at the Kentucky Music Education Association state semifinals in Bowling Green. The students braved the weather elements - cold, wind, and rain - to put on one of the best shows of the year finishing in a tie for 15th place in the STATE.

"Words can't describe how proud I am of these kids.'' said Band Director Jared Murray.

Murray has been rebuilding the band program for the past three years. The band has grown from 15 to 35 members, including 16 first time marchers on the field. The band is a mix of middle and high school students, but the majority of the students are in grades 7-9.

"Rebuilding the band is just like rebuilding an athletic team - you've got to put in the extra hours of hard work to be successful,'' Murray said. "Changing that mindset was the biggest obstacle. To be honest, I thought we would be where we are two years from now.''

The students worked hard and gained confidence as the season went on. Two weeks ago, the tiny band made school history when it became the first band at Holmes to qualify for the state semis by placing sixth in Bourbon
County. The KMEA began the state marching band contest in 1986. Prior to that, individual contests were held throughout the state. In earlier years, Holmes fielded marching bands with more than 100 members. The bands were successful in the individual sanctioned contests.

The Holmes marching band now competes in Class 3A. The classes are determined by school size and not by band size. Holmes competed against bands that had three to four times more and band members.

"People said we were the little band that could,'' Murray said. 

Indeed, the band was successful. Congratulations again to Mr. Murray, our band students, their parents and our supporters. We are so proud of you.

Please watch the video depicting the band's road to victory. Click here.

Check out a photo collection from the band's trip to Bowling Green: Facebook

Out & About

  • KUDOS to the principals and Family Resource Centers coordinators at John G. Carlisle Elementary School and Glenn O. Swing Elementary School for collecting 100% of their lunch applications.  This is great work.  JGC was the first school to reach 100% and GOS was a close second.
  • KUDOS to Bill Bradford and the staff at Sixth District Elementary School  for their great groundbreaking ceremony for the new playground on Friday, October 19.
  • KUDOS to Tara Mackey and her kindergarten class at Glenn O. Swing Elementary School for being featured in the Read On video that will air at the Mayor's Challenge for the Early Grade Reading initiative on Friday, November 9.
  • KUDOS to Sherri Hicks, Scott Alter, Renee Murray, Darla Payne, Maranda Meyer, and Dyanne Coates for their presentations at the Board of Education meeting on October 24. The updates on implementation of Math in Focus, SpringBoard, and Compass Odyssey were informative and well received.

What's up in the district?

  • Classified Advisory Council, Monday, 9:30 a.m., Central Office
  • Holmes Middle School Youth Service Center Advisory Council, Tuesday, 1:45 p.m.
  • Holmes Middle School Focus Visit, Tuesday, 8 a.m.
  • Holmes High School Site-based decision-making meeting, Tuesday, 4 p.m., Room 3110
  • Ninth District Superintendent Awards, Thursday, 7:15 a.m.

PHOTO: Members of the Holmes Marching Band in Bowling Green