FBBB places in top 10 at area marching contest

For the first time since the current scoring system was established, the Famed Brady Bulldog Band made it past the preliminaries and into the finals in their quest to reach the state marching band competition. When it was all over and the top 10 bands in Class AA were announced, Brady placed seventh but only the top four advanced to the next level. “This is the first time we have made it to the finals,” said FBBB director Berry Crudgington. “All of the bands that advanced on to state were from the western zone which says a lot about the quality of bands in this part of the state.” Having been three years since advancing to a contest beyond district, Crudgington noted that of his charges, only the seniors had ever been to a competition such as this. “We played in the prelims like we were nervous or intimidated,” he said. “After it was over, we went to eat and then came back to wait for the results which were announced at 6:30 p.m. “When we found out we advanced, we got together, and I had a little discussion with them to let them know what they needed to do, and how to take advantage of the situation and not be nervous.” The FBBB drew the last marching spot in the finals and took to the field at 9:45 p.m. “We didn’t really know what our competition was like because we weren’t able to see any of the other bands,” said Crudgington. The judging at the contest is broken down by five judges, two who focus only on marching and three who only score music performance. “Clifton was the top band by the judges’ ratings both in prelims and finals,” said Crudgington. “We managed to jump a spot in the finals which means we made some good adjustments.” In preparing for the contest, the band focused on fundamentals and polishing their marching basics in order to do their best at getting the most points in the marching category. “One judge had us in the top two in marching and one had us tenth, so it was a bit frustrating,” said Crudgington. With only the top four bands advancing, the FBBB was closer than they have ever been, but the quest for state will have to wait until 2009. State marching contest alternates classes each year and this year will feature A, 2-A and 4-A. Next year will feature 3-A and 5-A. “With as young as our band is, this should be some very good experience to build on in the years to come,” said Crudgington. “I was very proud of our kids and they represented our community very well.”

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