Blue Brigade Marching Band wins Esprit de Corps award

— The Carman-Ainsworth Blue Brigade Marching Band recently was awarded by Ruth Hughes Memorial Esprit de Corps Award after qualifying for state finals this fall.

The award was not based on performance on the field or the results of the competition, but it was given by the parent booster group who helps run the competition. The Ruth Hughes Memorial Esprit de Corps Award is based “on the respect, character, integrity and professionalism demonstrated by the students, parents, and staff of each band,” according to the district’s website.

Out of the 21 schools in the competition, the Blue Brigade Marching Band was chosen for the award.

“As a former marching band member, it felt good to sit in the stands and watch the kids,” said Don Conway, president of the Carman-Ainsworth Board of Education. Conway also thanked Benji Jones and Dan Martin. “Dan was recog- nized verbally (at the event) for his time and effort,” Conway said.

Along with news on the marching band, Conway also highlighted the upcoming Winter Fest, which is 4-7 p.m. Dec. 11 at Carman-Ainsworth High School. “A professional dance troupe will be participating,” he said.

The next meeting of the Carman- Ainsworth Board of Education is 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Administration Building. The board will only have one meeting in November, one meeting in December and one meeting in January due to the holidays. Details: www.carman.

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