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Bands from Columbus East and Columbus North not only faced competing bands Saturday in the Mid-States Invitational Championship in Mason, Ohio.

They also went up against the weather.

Columbus East placed seventh among 16 bands in Class 4A competition, for bands with 71 to 100 members. Columbus North placed fourth among six bands in open-class competition, for bands with more than 100 members.

“Considering the cold temperatures, we thought we did well,” North band director Bill Stultz said.

Wind exceeded 20 miles per hour during the late afternoon and evening performances, creating a wind chill in the 30s, East band director David Rodgers said.

“I think the (East) kids played their best show of the year Saturday,” Rodgers said.

It was the final performance of the season by the Olympian Spirit Marching Band, with the band now turning its focus to upcoming winter concerts.

The competition in Mason, which is northeast of Cincinnati, was hosted by the Dayton-based Mid-States Band Association, a consortium of high school band organizations in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

The Sound of North has one final performance on its schedule, marching Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis during the Bands of America regional championship.

Bands of America is part of the Music for All foundation, one of the largest national music education organizations.

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