Vanguard, Cougars Dome-ward bound
Two of the five coveted Class C slots of the south regional Indiana State School Marching Association contest have gone to Harrison County bands.
That means the North Harrison Marching Cougars and the Corydon Central Vanguard will compete in the state band finals Saturday in the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
It will be two-time state champion Marching Cougars’ fourth consecutive trip to state. They were also there in 1992.
North Harrison won the state title for Class C bands in 2000 and 1999, and finished a close second to Angola in 1998.
Corydon Central roamed the graveyard in its “Shadow Music” show to return to state. This will be the Vanguard’s first trip to state since 1998, when their colorful “Titanic” show finished eighth. (Between 1990 and 1998, Ben Hayes’ Corydon performers were on a run, going to state eight times.)
Seventeen Class C bands competed at Saturday’s regional at Jeffersonville. (Bands compete in four classes based on school size, with Class A being the largest.) Eleven bands earned a Division I rating, qualifying them for the state slots.
The announcer read the names of those bands that would go on to Indianapolis. First was North Posey. Next was Corydon Central, and Gary Crisp’s Marching Cougars cheered for their neighbors.
Third named to advance was Gibson Southern (which tied for second along with Lewis Cass behind North Harrison in 2000. Gibson Southern also finished second to the Marching Cougars in 1999).
North Harrison was the fourth band to get the nod. Completing the list was Scottsburg, which finished 10th last year and eighth in 1999.
Paoli, a fixture at state since 1983, did not advance. Because of school enrollment, Paoli was in Class C this year. The “Pride of Paoli” has nine Class D state titles and two Class C titles.
The Marching Cougars’ show, “Medal of Honor,” includes “Semper Liberi,” “Medal of Honor” and “Rjuken Sabotage” as its musical selections. Joyce Thompson is the field commander. Crisp has been the NHHS director since 1990.
Corydon Central’s show, “Shadow Music,” includes the songs “Toccata & Fugue,” “The Haunted Carnival” and “Night on Bald Mountain.” Senior Jonathan Orme is the field commander. Hayes is in his 23rd year at CCHS.
On Thursday, the Marching Cougars will practice from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville. That evening, at 7, they will give their show for the public on the high school football field. (The performance will be canceled if it rains.)
The first band takes the field Saturday in Indianapolis at 11 a.m. Here is the complete order of competition for Saturday (all times given are fast time, or local time):
Class B — Jasper, 11 a.m.; DeKalb, 11:13 a.m.; East Noble, 11:26 a.m.; Northview, 11:39 a.m.; Concord, 11:52 a.m.; Avon, 12:05 p.m.; Carroll, 12:18 p.m.; Decatur Central, 12:31 p.m.; Fort Wayne North Side, 12:44 p.m.; Greenwood, 12:57 p.m.;
Class C — Scottsburg, 2:05 p.m.; Angola, 2:18 p.m.; Lewis Cass, 2:31 p.m.; Corydon Central, 2:44 p.m.; Maconaquah, 2:57 p.m.; North Posey, 3:10 p.m.; Norwell, 3:23 p.m.; North Harrison, 3:36 p.m.; Concordia Lutheran, 3:49 p.m.; Gibson Southern, 4:02 p.m.;
Class D — Clay City, 5:10 p.m.; Fairfield, 5:23 p.m.; Knox, 5:36 p.m.; South Spencer, 5:49 p.m.; Woodlan, 6:02 p.m.; Perry Central, 6:15 p.m.; Blue River Valley, 6:28 p.m.; Forest Park, 6:41 p.m.; Pioneer, 6:54 p.m.; Tri-West Hendricks, 7:07 p.m.;
Class A — Castle, 8:40 p.m.; Homestead, 8:53 p.m.; Carmel, 9:06 p.m.; Columbus North, 9:19 p.m.; Penn, 9:32 p.m.; Center Grove, 9:45 p.m.; Fort Wayne Snider, 9:58 p.m.; Lawrence Central, 10:11 p.m.; Fort Wayne Northrop, 10:24 p.m., and Ben Davis, 10:37 p.m.
The RCA Dome and the Capitol Improvement Board have announced additional security measures due to recent terrorist attacks.
Fans entering the Dome should be advised that nothing larger than a small personal handbag, subject to inspection, will be permitted inside. Those who do not comply will not be admitted. (Flash and video cameras are permitted for the ISSMA competition.)
Items specifically not permitted in the RCA Dome are: food and beverage items, bottles, cans, liquor containers, weapons, coolers, bags, large purses, backpacks, horns, artificial noisemakers and other missile-like objects.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early to avoid congestion at the gates, which are scheduled to open at 10 a.m.