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Kettle Run’s band named ‘Virginia Honor Band’ for 5th straight year

Monday, Mar. 4 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
--Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
For the fifth year in a row, the Kettle Run High School Band walked away from a concert assessment with the title of “Virginia Honor Band.”

On Saturday, the band went to the Virginia Band and Orchestra Director’s Association (VBODA) District XIV Concert Assessment held at Millbrook High School in Winchester. The KRHS wind ensemble earned a “Superior” rating at the event from each of the four judges and in every category possible, according to a release from Fauquier County Public Schools.

Band Director Matt Yonkey, a nominee for the 2013 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award, led the band during their assessment.

In order to earn “Honor Band,” both the wind ensemble and the marching band must earn a “Superior” rating in one school year. The Cougar Marching Band had earned a “Superior” rating at the State Marching Festival in October 2012 at Liberty High School.

Virginia Honor Band is the highest honor VBODA bestows upon bands. Only four schools in the Commonwealth hold the status since opening: Battlefield High School, James River High School, Patriot High School and Kettle Run.
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