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Trophy time for Vanguard, Marching Cougars

Both the Corydon Central Vanguard and the North Harrison Marching Cougars took home several trophies Saturday at each other’s competitions.
In contrast to a rainy beginning last year, the weather Saturday was almost ideal for the start of this year’s marching band competition season.
At the North Harrison Band Invitational, in the morning, an occasional breeze kept things cool while seven bands competed in three classes based on band size.
Another band — West Washington — was scheduled to compete at both North Harrison and Corydon Central but canceled. The word was that the Marching Senators had seven band members quit during the week, which can have a drastic impact on a Class A band, the smallest size.
In Class AAA at North Harrison, the Vanguard won trophies for Best Percussion, Best Guard, Best Field Commander, Best Music and Best Marching for its “Gettysburg” show.
The Vanguard’s field commander is senior Dawn Brunner. Soloists are Andrew Reich and Eric Biesel, trumpet; Corey Barnes, Corey Kitterman and Kevin Harbeson, horn; Alaina Vincent, flute, and Ben Stange, oboe.
The only trophy Corydon Central did not win was Best General Effect, which went to Bloomington South for its “Fusion Confusion” show.
South’s Panther Regiment, which nearly always produces a crowd-pleasing show, finished second behind the Vanguard. Jeffersonville High School also competed in Class AAA.
Two bands — Perry Central and Rising Sun — competed for the first time at North Harrison, both in Class AA.
Results of that class were: Perry Central, first, Best Percussion, Best Music and Best General Effect; Rising Sun, second, Best Field Commander; and New Albany, Best Guard.
Silver Creek was the only band in Class A, so they took home first as well as all the other trophies.
Corydon Central received the Grand Champion award. Perry Central earned the Pit Award.
Several spectators commented on how nice North Harrison’s renovated football field looked for Saturday’s competition. The field now has a sprinkler system.
At the First Capital Marching Festival Saturday evening, Bedford North Lawrence edged North Harrison in Class AAAA, although the Marching Cougars collected more trophies.
Here are those results:
Class AAAA — Bedford North Lawrence, first and Best Visual; North Harrison, second, Best Auxiliary, Best Percussion, Best General Effect and Best Music; Bloomington South, third and Best Field Commander;
Class AAA — Rising Sun, first, Best Percussion, Best Field Commander, Best General Effect, Best Music and Best Visual; New Albany, second and Best Auxiliary.
Bedford also won the Sweepstakes Trophy for Class AAA and AAAA.
Senior Joyce Thompson is field commander for North Harrison’s show, “Rise and Fall of Rome.” Soloist is Russ Villien on the alto saxophone.
In Class AA, Henryville finished first and received the Best Field Commander and Best Music trophies. Southridge was second and earned Best Auxiliary, Best Percussion, Best General Effect and Best Visual.
Salem won first in Class A. The Marching Lions also earned Best Percussion, Best General Effect and Best Visual. Charlestown was second and received trophies for Best Auxiliary and Best Music. Southwestern was third and earned the Best Field Commander trophy.
Henryville won the Sweepstakes Trophy for Class A and AA.
This Saturday, the Marching Cougars travel to Paoli while the Vanguard will compete at Princeton.