Season marches on for bands
The Corydon Central Vanguard and North Harrison Marching Cougars competed Saturday night in The Pride of Paoli’s Annual Invitational Marching Competition.
Corydon Central won its class, AA, and brought home several caption awards, while North Harrison, which opted to compete in Class AAA with two larger bands, finished second and received several caption awards.
During the awards ceremony, the Paoli announcer called Vanguard director Ben Hayes to the awards table; Paoli presented the 25-year director with a framed picture of him with his band on the field of the RCA Dome in Indianapolis during a state band competition. Hayes has said he is retiring after this school year.
The Vanguard has 105 members and is performing ‘Echoes of Camelot’ by Key Poulan.
With 111 members, the Marching Cougars’s program is called ‘Treasure Island.’ Its music is also by Key Poulan. Directors are Gary Crisp and Jim Stuppy.
This Saturday, both bands will compete in New Albany in the morning. The Marching Cougars will remain in Floyd County to compete that evening at Floyd Central, while the Vanguard will travel to Evansville for an evening competition.
Here are the complete results from the Paoli competition:
Class A ‘ Tell City, first, Best Percussion, Best Marching, Best General Effect; Orleans, second, Best Music; Springs Valley, third, Best Field Commander, Best Auxiliary; Henryville, fourth; Perry Central, fifth;
Class AA ‘ Corydon Central, first, Best Auxiliary, Best Music, Best Marching, Best General Effect; Madison, second, Best Field Commander; Bedford North Lawrence, third, Best Percussion;
Class AAA ‘ Jasper, first, Best Marching, Best General Effect; North Harrison, second, Best Field Commander, Best Auxiliary, Best Percussion, Best Music; Floyd Central, third;
Overall Pit Crew ‘ North Harrison;
Grand Champion ‘ Jasper.