The George Rogers Clark High School Marching Band is in pursuit of a lot of things this season.
Director Chris Yoo wants his band to pursue excellence, learn discipline and continue fine tuning its competition program throughout the season.
“So far, the kids are working hard, doing everything we’re asking of them. I¿think we’re on the right track,” Yoo said.
Saturday, the band competed at the North Laurel Invitational with this year’s program, “In Pursuit.”
“Our main focus this year is to march and play well and execute well,” Yoo said.
GRC won the class 5A Best Percussion Band Award, Overall Best Percussion Award, Overall Best Music and
Overall Reserve Champions. Yoo was pleased with the performance and the band’s awards, but he still wants his students to strive for something better.
“Sometimes we don’t even get done (perfecting the show). ... Sometimes our show is too hard. It’s something that takes the whole year,”¿Yoo said.
This weekend, the band will be in competition again at Morehead State University. The season will conclude with the Kentucky Music Educators Association All-State band competition Oct. 27 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.
“We’re in the largest class like our football team is, and there’s a lot of good groups in that class. In the smaller classes, it’s easy to tell who’s good and who’s not. In this class, everybody is good,” Yoo said.
Competing against the best is good for his students, Yoo said, because it forces them to work harder and always give their best performance.
“It can be difficult at times, because you don’t always win, but it definitely teaches our students a lot of valuable lessons because you don’t always win at life,” Yoo said.