Created on Monday, 29 October 2012 Written by NATE SMITH
A surprise welcome home greeted the Bellefontaine High School marching band in the BHS parking lot Sunday night after the group earned a superior rating at the State Band Competition at Welcome Stadium in Dayton. ABOVE LEFT: Bellefontaine High School marching band drum majors Cody Hullinger, right, and Austin Blankemeyer hold the plaque which was presented to the band Sunday for its performance. ABOVE RIGHT: Bellefontaine High School band director Joe Antram steps off a bus. Mr. Antram is set to retire at the end of the year after nearly three decades of service at BHS. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | T.J. HUBBARD)
FRONT PAGE PHOTO: The marching Chieftain band performs Sunday in state competition at Welcome Stadium in Dayton. The band earned a “superior” rating from judges. (PHOTO | MICHAEL CHERVENAK)
Bellefontaine marching band students turned in their best effort of the year Sunday and were rewarded with a “superior” rating from state judges.
“We peaked at just the right time — at the end of the season,” band director Joe Antram said of the students’ performance at the Ohio Music Education Association state finals contest at University of Dayton Welcome Stadium.
“The students produced their best performance of the year last night and it was just what the doctor ordered.”
In their critiques, judges cited the band’s marching and drum line precision as well as the performance by the color guard.
“They had to work harder and concentrate more given the weather conditions,” Mr. Antram said. “They were very resilient last night.”
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