POINT PLEASANT — Be careful what you wish for, because you will surely get it.
And, be careful what you say in front of teenagers because they remember what’s important to them.
What was important to members of the PPHS Black Knight Marching Band recently, was reminding Director Ben Loudin and PPJHS Band Director Chipper Hendricks about a bet. The bet consisted of Loudin and Hendricks shaving their heads if the PPHS band won a grand champion trophy during competition season.
It remains unclear as to who made the bet because Loudin blames Hendricks and Hendricks blames Loudin. The two men were almost free and clear when the Black Knight Band took home the grand champion trophy at the Parkersburg High School Marching Band Invitational earlier this month – the last competition of the year.
Erma Young of Short Cuts, who has been cutting Loudin’s hair for years, was brought in to carry out the bet in a humane way. On the stage of the Wedge Auditorium at PPJ/SHS, Young began with Hendricks and shaved his head to the applause of band members.
“I didn’t get nervous until I saw Chipper (getting his head shaved),” Loudin said.
Young then went to Loudin, shaving a little off the top first and then the rest from his scalp. The students requested his beard go as well, to no avail. Loudin’s wife, Jessica, said whoever came up with the bet sure wasn’t the wives of the two directors.
After it was all over, Hendricks said being bald definitely felt “weird” and he joked, “cold.”
Loudin said this wrapped up a great competition season, and added, the seniors he has in band now, he’s been teaching since they were in kindergarten. He joked, those kids have been causing his hair to fall out for years, anyway.
As Loudin said, it has been a successful season for the band which is 88 members strong. Listed are awards won this year at competitions:
Drum Majors received three second place trophies. Percussion received two second place trophies, two first place trophies. Flags received one third place trophy, one second place trophy, three first place trophies.
Band awards received were three second place trophies, one first place trophy; General Effect, one first place trophy; Music, one second place trophy.
Overall Awards received were second runner-up Grand Champion at Spring Valley High School Sound in the Valley Contest; first runner-up Grand Champion at Portsmouth West/Southern Ohio Marching Band Classic; Overall Flag Award at Portsmouth West/Southern Ohio Marching Band Classic; first runner-up Grand Champion at Black Walnut Festival Parade; Grand Champion at Parkersburg High School Marching Band Invitational.
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