The West Jessamine High School marching band will compete in the state semifinals in Glasgow on Oct. 29 as one of the top 16 Class 4A bands in the state. On Saturday, the West band was named a semi-finalist after placing fourth in the Class 4A East quarterfinals at Madison Southern High School in Berea. West competed against 15 other bands, including East Jessamine High School, which placed 10th.
West’s score of 84 was the band’s highest score of the season, earning a distinguished rating, which is given to marching bands earning scores of 80 or higher.
The Jessamine County Sheriff’s Office provided a police escort to the band as they entered the county and returned to the school. This year's marching band is under the direction of band director Michael White and field commanders Mikayla Labrillazo and Nick Bernard.
The finals will be held the night of Oct. 29 after semifinalists advance.
The West Jessamine band placed fourth overall in last year’s Kentucky Music Educators Association state finals at Western Kentucky University.