(SPRINGFIELD, Ky.) – The Washington County High School Commander Marching Band has been invited to participate in the upcoming inaugural parade of Governor-Elect Andy Beshear on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. Washington County Judge-Executive Timothy E. Graves requested the Washington County School District submit an application on behalf of the band. The Commander Marching Band is a 13-time Kentucky Music Education Association finalist, as well as a 3-time Mid States Band Association Class AA finalist. Last month, the band was named the 2019 MSBA Class AA Champion.

2019-2020 WCHS Commander Marching Band

2019-2020 WCHS Commander Marching Band. (Photo submitted)

“It is great to be invited to represent the county in Frankfort for the parade,” says Scotty Burns who serves as the director of the WCHS Commander Marching Band. “We would like to thank County Judge-Executive Tim Graves for recommending the marching band to represent the county. The community support we have been shown since receiving the invitation to participate in the parade has been wonderful. The experience the kids will receive from this opportunity is one that will last a lifetime. The band is excited and ready to perform.”

“What an incredible opportunity for our students to be showcased at the state level,” says WCHS principal Malissa Hutchins. “We have had one of the strongest band programs in the state for many years. This is an opportunity for people from across the state that have not had the privilege of hearing our band to finally experience what we have known for so long! These young men and women put in countless hours of practice and competitions and now they are getting to experience something that few other students in the state have the honor of doing. I am proud of how they have represented WCHS and our community and know that on Tuesday, they will continue that in the inaugural parade!”

“We are very excited for our students to experience this opportunity,” says WCSD Superintendent Dr. J. Robin Cochran. “The students and staff have worked diligently to pursue a goal, and this is an example of recognizing hard work. We are also appreciative of the parents/guardians that support the countless hours involved with their child and the commitment they have shown for education and the program. We are hopeful this opportunity will be a memory these students cherish forever. We are certain these students will ‘Command Excellence’ in Frankfort!”