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Kappa Kappa Psi presented a new trophy honoring a former University of Arkansas-Monticello band member at the Kappa Kappa Psi Invitational Marching Contest Tuesday, Oct. 16.
Kappa Kappa Psi named the trophy the "Big Bill." The band that wins the “Big Bill” takes home a 6-foot trophy to keep for one year and will receive free entry to the next marching invitational.
The winning band keeps the plaque on the trophy and brings the trophy back to the contest next year. The judges at the contest select the best band to receive the trophy. This year the judges selected Sheridan High School as the winners of the “Big Bill.”
Gary Meggs, director of bands, said bringing the trophy back gives the bands incentive to fight to win it for another year.
“(The) band keeps the plaque, and when they return (the trophy), they desperately try to keep it,” Meggs said.
The “Big Bill” honors James Nelson King, Jr., known as “Big Bill." He marched with the UAM band in the early 1970’s. His drum technique both entertained and wowed the crowds at home games in the Convoy Leslie-Cotton Boll Stadium. King died July 6, 1974 at age 2l.
Samantha McKinzie, one of the three drum majors for Sheridan High School, said she felt good about the performance and it took a lot to get there.
“Amazing; we did an awesome job tonight,” McKinzie said. “It takes extreme
dedication to get this good. I've never been prouder of Sheridan band.”
The Kappa Kappa Psi Marching invitation started 25 years ago as a service to local high school bands. Judges rate performing bands in several areas including musical ability, marching ability and entertainment quality. Many schools from around the state and even Texas and Louisiana travel to perform at the contest.
Over 18 bands participated in this contest this year.
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