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BHS Marching Band earns Superior at State Contest

The Bellefontaine High School Marching Band earned a Superior rating at the State Marching Band Finals Sunday afternoon at the University of Dayton Welcome Stadium.

(Pictured: The Bellefontaine Marching Band competes at the state finals.)

Band Director Joe Antram said it's the band's first Superior since 2003.

The band got straight 1's except one of two music judges gave them a 2.

Bands qualify to state contest by earning a Superior rating of I at a district contest. The BHS Band performed at three district contests this season. The band earned a Superior at Columbus Grove and Marion Local.

At all contests, the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) sends judges to watch bands perform. The bands are given scores for marching, music, and general effect. The scores are combined and bands are given an overall score of I, II, III, IV, or V.

Based on number of members, Bellefontaine competes in Class A. This is the second largest class, behind Class AA. Bellefontaine's band has 120 members.

The band show this year is "1968 - A Year of Change." The show features songs relating to the era, including "Aquarius," "Rebellious Youth," "Why?," and "Freedom."

Movable props are used that feature "1968," prominent figures from the age, and a sun.

Colorguard wears hippie outfits to represent the times.

This is Antram's last year directing the Pride of the Tribe. He will be retiring in June after leading the band for 29 years.

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