MOUNT OLIVET — The Robertson County High School band placed third at the Music in the Parks festival on Saturday.
The festival is a competition in which any school can participate. They performed at Loveland High School in Loveland, Ohio. Bands from Ketuncky, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana participated. The event is hosted by King’s Island, according to RCS Band Director Erica Carpenter.
Carpenter said the band performed at 11 a.m., Saturday and from there, members were allowed to enjoy the park at leisure until 5 p.m. when the Music in the Parks ceremony began.
“They went to the ceremony for about an hour,” she said. “Once it was over, they were allowed to enjoy the park until everyone was ready to leave.”
During the ceremony, the students were awarded third place for their performance.
“They received all good and excellent ratings,” Carpenter said. “We were really excited.”
Carpenter said the competition was the first time the students have participated in the Music in the Parks festival.
“They’ve never competed there in the time I’ve been at the school,” she said. “I’ve been here about seven years. This was really the first time any of them have seen a competition and they did great.”
According to Carpenter, there were 18 students who made up the high school band, which includes grades seven through 12.
The students who participated were Tre Allen, Tristin Allen, Joseph Baker, David Blackburn, Donnie Brierly, Dougie Brierly, Charlie Cochlin, Sydney Cochlin, Chloe Conley, Torrie Fryman, Lila Grace Haag, Trevor Hamm, Travis Holder, Sam Hughes, Bradley Miller, Madison Tucker and Kole Whalen.
“We’re all really proud of them,” she said. “They did a tremendous job and everyone was thrilled when they found out we had received third place. It was such a great experience.”