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BHS Symphonic Band earns Superior at State Contest

For the second time this school year, the Bellefontaine High School band has earned a Superior rating at State contest.

(Pictured: Joe Antram practices with the BHS Symphonic Band last week.)

The Symphonic Band earned a Superior or I Saturday morning at Findlay High School.

The Concert Band received an Excellent or II Saturday afternoon.

The bands play three songs during their performance and are scored by three judges. Each judge gives the band an overall rating of I, II, III, IV, or V, with I being the best.

Next, the band moves to the sight reading room to play a piece it has never seen before. One judge scores the band on this task. The four judges' scores are then averaged to determine the band's final rating.

The bands qualified to State by earning Superior ratings at District contest in March.

Joe Antram is the director of both bands. He is retiring at the end of the school year after leading the Pride of the Tribe for 29 years.

In late October, the BHS Marching Band earned a Superior rating at the State Marching Band Finals at the University of Dayton Welcome Stadium.

The Bellefontaine band has qualified for State contest 23 times in school history.

This is the second time the Marching Band and Symphonic Band have received Superiors in the same school year. The first time was in 2003-2004.

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