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One Of the BEST ? KHS Band finishes as #5 in State 4A
The Kennedale High School Marching Band has performed their last show for the 2014 season with the memories of a lot of sweat, tears, long hours but also with a lot of good memories especially those made last night in San Antonio. {{more}}
Kennedale had marched into the Alamodrome on Monday to cap an exceeding good competitive season as the Grand Champion at Princeton and sweeping top honors at region and area contest.

For the KHS Marching Wildcats the finish at San Antonio was the highest in five consecutive trips to state competition. It is a rare event for bands to make it even more than once much less multiple trips. Kennedale has made it a habit.

The band left Kennedale on Sunday, sure that they had a chance to make it into the finals. Monday, the competition day, was a long day for the band.
Their schedule had a 6:15 wake-up call followed by a quick breakfast and dressing in full uniform for an 8:15 bus trip to the Alamodrome. Arriving by 9:00 there was just time for a quick break and then it was warm-ups. The Wildcats had to move into place to march into the ?Dome? at exactly 11:30 a.m. Kennedale was one of 22 bands from across the state in Class 4A performing in the preliminaries which stretched throughout the day finishing shortly before 4 p.m., at which time, the 10 finalists were to be announced.
After their late morning performance, the KHS Band had to load up all of their equipment and board their buses for a trip back to the hotel for lunch and a short rest. By 2:30 p.m. it was time for a return trip to the Alamodrome. The brief respite has done little to reduce the suspense and anxiety that had been building all day. Did the band break into the top 10?
By 3:30 p.m., the Wildcat Band was in the stands waiting for the last competitor to perform and the formal announcement of the finalists. The last thirty minutes was especially hard to take, but when the list was read, Kennedale not only had made it but was the #4 band in the preliminary results! Tweets and instagrams flooded the internet.
The Band had not wanted to jinx things and had not worn their uniforms on their returned for the announcement of finalist. Now after watching the opening ceremonies, the band for the first time in five trips had to prepare for their show once again – which meant, grabbing something to eat from the concession stands, putting on their uniforms, unloading the equipment and warming-up once again.
But this was special, they had made it to the next level. The KHS Band had been recognized as being one of the best of the best. Not only did they make it in the Top 10 but but jumped to #5. From August to November, it was a class act all the way. Official

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The KHS Band is scheduled to arrive back at the Kennedale High School at 6 p.m. today.

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