The Estill County Marching Band and color guard is made up of roughly 65 students ranging from middle school to high school. The theme for their performance is Salem 1692. The theme is portraying the story of Bridget Bishop who was the first colonist in the Salem Village tried for witchcraft. The show has a broad range of emotions, starting with a modest feeling and evolving into a dark, heavy feeling as the story unravels of Bishop being accused, put on trial and convicted. The band and guard began practicing and working on the show in mid-July.
They have had two competitions so far and they’re doing well! September 12th they competed at Bourbon County High School. The Engineers received first in their class in the preliminary examination while also beating last year’s 2A state champion (Garrard County). They continued to have a successful day and beat Garrad County again that night in the finals. During that day they received 5th place overall and then by that night had moved up to 3rd overall. Last Saturday, September 19th the Engineers were at Campbell County High School. During the preliminary examination they received first in their class and in the final competition the received the reserve grand champion trophy (second place overall). They beat Williamstown and Henry Clay. This Friday night, September 26th, the marching band will be performing at halftime of the Estill County High School football game.
The band was nice enough to allow me to watch and photograph a practice. Few more photos click here.