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The Lighthouse Brigade of Racine Marching Band came home Saturday with a first place trophy from the Mid-America Competing Band Directors Association Championships.

This event was the culmination of training and playing since the start of summer for the band where they perform in competitions around southeastern Wisconsin and the midwest, according to a press release.

Collectively, the Lighthouse Brigade represents the Racine Unified School District and the Racine area. This year was the 38th year of competition for the group.

Brigade players go through some grueling training and rehearsals in the beginning of the season, but it paid off after spending most of the summer in second place to win first at the championship saturday.

“The marching members and instructional staff never gave up and continued to work extremely hard everyday to make our production better,” said Rex Rukavina, brigade director in a press release.

They won the championship with a season-high score for their show called, “Puppet Master.” They also earned a number of trophies for other categories including music execution, visual execution, music general effect, visual general effect and percussion.

“The night before finals, at our home show at Horlick Field, we took high music and high visual execution as well as high percussion and took first place by only .01 of a point,” Rukavina said. “We had a terrific rehearsal the next day and everything peaked at just the right time at finals!”

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.