Wayne County High School Band headed for state semi-finals
By Linda Jones
Kudos to the Wayne County High School Band Program! Following a terrific weekend performance, the Wayne County Marching Band is thrilled to have earned a chance to perform at the highest level in the state.
The local marching band placed second overall out of a field of 14 competitors on Saturday, October 22 at the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) Quarter Finals which were held in Paris, Kentucky, at Bourbon County High School. Wayne County performed “Metropolis,” an awesome reflection of an artistic cityscape, which they have worked hard to perfect this band season. During each of the season’s competitions this fall, the band has gradually improved their performance.
This coming Saturday (October 29th), the band will travel to Bowling Green for the semi-finals. If they place in the top four during the daytime competition, they will advance to the state competition in the evening to be held at the Western Kentucky Football stadium.
Even though the Wayne County Band program has a strong tradition of excellence, the band had not gotten to the state semi-finals since 2006. So, this honor is a significant accomplishment for the 50-member band.
“We are very proud of what the band has accomplished in this short period of time under our new band director, Mr. Andy Critz,” said Wayne County High School Principal Brian Dishman. “We are very excited about the possibilities for this coming Saturday’s competition, as well as the direction this program is going in the future.”
“The band is one of the many activities that our school offers that teaches students to be part of a team, the value of hard work, and the strong connection to academic performance,” Dishman added.
Band Director Andy Critz is delighted with his students’ performance. “We are really excited about this achievement. This was made possible because of the students’ great work ethic, commitment, and desire to achieve excellence.”
“Mr. Masters and I want to thank the administration for being so supportive,” said Critz, who was hired in August. He credited his staff for their help in making such strides in the program this fall. He mentioned the efforts of Dan and Marsha Harris, music consultants; Eric Masters, assistant band director; Joey Neal, visual color guard coordinator; Gerald Pickrell, retired band director and consultant; and his wife, Jessica Critz, color guard instructor.
“Our parents have worked extremely hard to make this year such an incredible success and we look forward to another week of practice and competition in preparation for the KMEA semi-finals and finals competition in Bowling Green,” Critz concluded.
In case the community has not gotten to experience the “Metropolis” program performed during half times at the local football games, there will be an opportunity to come out to Jewell Field this Thursday evening (October 27th) at 6:00 p.m. for a special performance. Wayne County Band supporters are encouraged to attend and provide the students with a proper send off.
WCHS Marching Band performs "Metropolis" at Bourbon County KMEA Quarter-Finals
Seniors and section leaders listened for the results of the competition at the KMEA Quarter-Finals (L:R)- Hannah Neal-Pyles, Ashley Young, Kimber West, Allison Hicks, Kayln Worley, Taylor Beechboard, Whitney Turpin, Taylor Cook, Tyler Cook, Zoe Shepard, Destiny Necessary
Back Row: Mr. Eric Masters and Andy Critz