Vanguard, Marching Cougars prepare for district contest
This Saturday, 160 high school marching bands ‘ including the Corydon Central Vanguard and the North Harrison Marching Cougars ‘ will compete at seven district competition sites in the 32nd annual Indiana State School Music Association.
The Vanguard and Marching Cougars will compete at Columbus East High School.
Bands enter in Class A, B, C and D, according to school size, with Class A being the largest. (During most regular season competitions, bands compete in categories based on band size.)
A panel of out-of-state judges evaluates the bands on music and visual captions at each event. Special trophies will be presented in those two categories. There also will be a category for Best Auxiliary.
Besides Columbus East, district sites are Jasper High School, Southport High School, Lawrence Central in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne Northrop, Concord Community High School in Elkhart, and Lewis Cass in Walton.
More than 15,000 students will participate at Saturday’s district competition.
Here is the line up for the Columbus East site (times are fast time):
Class D ‘ Pekin Eastern, noon; Southwestern/Hanover, 12:13 p.m.; Rising Sun, 12:26 p.m.; Orleans, 12:39 p.m.; Springs Valley, 12:52 p.m.; Henryville, 1:05 p.m.; awards, 1:31 p.m.
Class C ‘ Corydon Central, 1:57 p.m.; Scottsburg, 2:10 p.m.; North Harrison, 2:23 p.m.; Salem, 2:36 p.m.; Silver Creek, 2:49 p.m.; awards, 3:15 p.m.
Class B ‘ Connersville, 4:07 p.m.; Floyd Central, 4:20 p.m.; Martinsville, 4:33 p.m.; Columbus East, 4:46 p.m.; Bloomington North, 4:59 p.m.; Decatur Central/Indianapolis, 5:12 p.m.; Madison Consolidated, 5:25 p.m.; awards, 5:51 p.m.
Class A ‘ Jeffersonville, 6:17 p.m.; Bedford North Lawrence, 6:30 p.m.; Franklin Central, 6:43 p.m.; New Albany, 6:56 p.m.; Columbus North, 7:09 p.m.; awards, 7:35 p.m.
Bands that achieve a predetermined score at district will advance to the regional level, held at four locations, on Oct. 16.
At each regional site, the top five scoring bands in each of the four classes from the south and north will meet at the RCA Dome Indianapolis on Oct. 23 to determine the four state champion bands. The Indiana Dairy Farmers presents a $1,000 scholarship to a student from each of the four state champion bands.
Last Saturday, Corydon Central and North Harrison competed in the New Albany Marching Band Invitational in the morning. That evening, the Marching Cougars competed in the Floyd Central Marching Band Invitational, while the Vanguard went to the F.J. Reitz Marching Band Invitation in Evansville.
Here are the results of the New Albany competition:
Class A ‘ Pekin Eastern, first, Best Auxiliary, Best Drum Major; Charlestown, second, Best Percussion.
Class AA ‘ Silver Creek, first, Best Auxiliary, Best Percussion, Best Drum Major; Perry Central, second.
Class AAA ‘ Corydon Central, first, Best Auxiliary, tie for Best Drum Major; Bloomington South, second, tie for Best Drum Major; Bedford North Lawrence, third, Best Percussion;
Class AAAA ‘ Floyd Central, first; North Harrison, second, Best Auxiliary, Best Percussion, Best Drum Major;
Overall awards ‘ Floyd Central, Grand Champion, Best Music, Best General Effect; North Harrison, Best Visual.
North Harrison also won the Pit Crew competition.
At Floyd Central, the results were:
Class A ‘ Salem, first, Best Music, Best Visual, Best General Effect, Best Auxiliary; Southwestern, second; Henryville, third; Silver Creek, Best Percussion; Northeast Dubois, Best Drum Major;
Class AA ‘ Tell City, first, Best Visual, Best Percussion; Rising Sun, second, Best General Effect, Best Auxiliary, Best Drum Major; Springs Valley, third, Best Music;
Class AAA ‘ Jeffersonville, first; Bedford North Lawrence, second, Best Percussion; Evansville Bosse, third, Best Drum Major; New Albany, Best Auxiliary;
Class AAAA ‘ Paoli, first; Evansville North, second, Best Percussion; North Harrison, third; Heritage Hills, Best Auxiliary; Scottsburg, Best Drum Major;
Overall awards ‘ Paoli, Grand Champion, Best Music, Best Visual; Evansville North, Best General Effect;
Best Pit Crew ‘ Paoli.
Results of the F.J. Reitz competition are:
Class A ‘ Castle, first, Best Percussion, Best Auxiliary, Best Drum Major, Best Music, Best General Effect, Best Pit Crew;
Class AA ‘ Harrison, first, Best Percussion, Best Auxiliary, Best Drum Major, Best Music, Best General Effect, Best Pit Crew;
Class AAA ‘ Gibson Southern, first, Best Percussion, Best Auxiliary, Best General Effect, Best Music; Corydon Central, second; Mount Vernon, third; Boonville, Best Drum Major; Pike Central, Best Pit Crew;
Class AAAA ‘ North Posey, first, Best Percussion, Best Auxiliary, Best General Effect, Best Music; South Knox, second, Best Drum Major, Best Pit Crew; North Knox, third;
Grand Champion ‘ Castle.