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Band just misses top marks





LIBERAL -- Hays High School came within a note or two of receiving an overall 1 rating at Tuesday's Western Athletic Conference March Band Festival at Liberal.

The Indians' band received two 1s and three 2s from the five judges, "which equals out to a 2," said Craig Manteuffel, director of bands at Hays High.

"We were really close, a point here or there," he said.

"The ratings are not that important, but I wanted it for the kids; this is the hardest working bunch I've had in four or five years," added Manteuffel, in his 18th year at HHS.

"We'll go for a 1 next week," he said.

Hays High will join other high school bands from across the state that will converge on Fort Hays State University's Lewis Field Stadium Monday for the annual High Plains Marching Band Festival.

The festival, which begins at 10:40 a.m., is open to the public. General admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Hays High is set to perform at noon.

Fourteen different bands, from as far east as Manhattan to Johnson in the southwest corner of the state, will perform. Those two cities also will represent the range in size of schools participating. Stanton County in Johnson is a 2A school with 124 students, while Manhattan's enrollment is more than 10 times the size of Stanton County with 1,638 students in grades nine through 12.

Fort Hays State's band will give an exhibition performance at 3:50, with awards announced at 4:05.