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Taylor County Marching Cardinals qualified for KMEA Regional Quarterfinal competition on Saturday at the Governor's Gold Cup Marching Band Festival at Elizabethtown High School.
In the preliminary round, the Marching Cards were awarded a proficient rating, named first-place band and received the Best Percussion award in Class AAA.
Hart County was awarded second place and Best Color Guard while Breckinridge County was third.
In the evening's final competition, the Cards received the Best Overall Percussion award and the third-place trophy. John Hardin was the Grand Champion and received Best Overall Music and Color Guard awards. Barren County was Reserve Grand Champion. Hart County placed fourth, Breckinridge County fifth, Pleasure Ridge Park sixth and Carroll County seventh.
Next Saturday, the Cardinal band will participate in two contests.
They will perform at 11:45 a.m. ET at the Captain's Classic at Green County High School. The contest begins at 11:15 a.m. and will conclude with awards at 1:30 p.m. Other bands will be Monroe County in Class AA, Marion County, Anderson County and Mercer County in Class AAAA and Class AAAAA band duPont Manual. Green County will perform in exhibition.
Sixteen bands will participate in the South Central Kentucky Marching Band Classic at Glasgow High School. The contest begins at 5:30 p.m. ET and Taylor County will take the field at 9 p.m. Awards are scheduled for 10:45 p.m.
The Marching Cardinal Band is under the direction of Stephen Bishop with Josh Sullivan as field commander. This year's program is "Reflections."