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BHS Band receives Excellent at State Contest (Audio included)

The Pride of the Tribe traveled to the University of Dayton Sunday afternoon to compete in the OMEA (Ohio Music Education Association) State Marching Band Contest. The band competed around 2pm and awards were given out about 30 minutes later.

Before the performance, the band had a traditional tailgate where the parents set up food for the kids. This is something the band has done every year at state.

Listen to freshman Jessica Brueshabaron describe her first State Contest.

After everyone in the band ate, they began to warm up and prepare for the contest. The band performed four songs - The Newsroom, Briony, Fix You, and a fourth song written just for the band, which is a mixture of all the other songs they perform. The band also used sound effects such as news clips from the Newtown, Connecticut shooting during the 3rd song and they had a member of the band do a voice over as a "field reporter" for the 4th song.

This year director Nick Pelfrey also introduced the band to many visual effects the band really enjoyed doing.

The band received a high excellent rating and was only one judge’s vote away from a Superior. Everyone was still proud and excited for their years to come in the band.

Listen to junior Connor Mason describe his experience in band.

Listen to Nick Pelfrey talk about the band.

The State Contest is the marching band's final competition of the school year. Nick Pelfrey said, "Overall, I think the season has been a success. On top of learning a challenging show, the students learned a lot about leadership, hard work, and dedication. I'm very proud of what they have accomplished and I'm very much looking forward to future marching band seasons with Bellefontaine."

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