Dukes band gets top rating at state finals

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The Wellington High School Dukes marching band received a “superior” rating Saturday at the State Marching Band Finals in Brunswick. This is the highest rating any group can attain. The band presented its contest show titled “Bring It Home!” Under the direction of Antoinette Novotny since 1999, the Dukes have qualified for the state finals 14 years- and this was their fourth “superior” rating. Gayle Hughes and Rick Snodgrass are the assistants. Pictured are Hughes, band seniors Ben Hornbeck, Meghan McKnight, and Michaela Toth, Snodgrass, and Novotny.