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Vanguard, Marching Cougars advance to regional level

Vanguard, Marching Cougars advance to regional level
Vanguard, Marching Cougars advance to regional level
The Corydon Central Vanguard, above, and the North Harrison Marching Cougars perform at Columbus East High School, site of the Indiana State School Music Association district competition on Saturday. Both bands earned a Gold rating and now advance to regional competition on Oct. 16. (Photos by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor)

Fifteen bands ‘ including the Corydon Central Vanguard and North Harrison Marching Cougars ‘ will compete for five Class C berths to the Indiana State School Music Association’s state marching band contest in Indianapolis. Those five bands will be joined by five Class C bands from northern Indiana.
The Vanguard and Marching Cougars qualified Saturday at the district competition at Columbus East High School for regional competition.
This year, instead of receiving a Division I or II rating, ISSMA awarded each band with a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Participation.
Charles Briel, ISSMA’s executive director, said the rating system was revamped this year to mirror its jazz and concert events, which started giving the color ratings two years ago.
‘We decided it had some positive merits to it,’ Briel said.
By having four levels, the point spread between levels isn’t as great as it was with just the two ratings, he said.
Plus, sometimes there was confusion that a Division I rating meant a band had earned first place, which wasn’t the case, Briel said.
The color rating system will also be implemented this school year during solo and ensemble contests.
Band directors representing the eight zones throughout the state were part of the decision-making process, and all other band directors were notified by mail at the beginning of the school year, said the ISSMA executive director.
There appeared to be some confusion among at least three Class D bands Saturday at Columbus prior to the Class C competition. Three bands walked together to the spectator side of the football field and laid their trophies down on the ground in apparent protest against not advancing to the regional round.
The applause by the fans of those bands nearly drowned out the announcement of the first band, Corydon Central, to compete in Class C.
Cloud cover gave way to a clearer sky for the Class C bands that also included Scottsburg, Salem and Silver Creek. The wind, however, remained steady.
The Vanguard, Marching Cougars and Scottsburg earned Gold ratings while Salem and Silver Creek earned Silver.
Corydon Central won Best General Effect; North Harrison earned Best Music, and Scottsburg was named Best Auxiliary and Best Marching.
Those three bands will compete at regional on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Ben Davis High School on Indianapolis’ west side. State competition takes place Saturday, Oct. 23, in the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
This Saturday, the Marching Cougars and Vanguard will travel to Center Grove south of Indianapolis for a morning competition. The Vanguard will be at Salem that night.
Here is the lineup for the regional at Ben Davis the following Saturday (all times are fast time):
Class C ‘ Evansville Mater Dei, noon; Mount Vernon, 12:13; Owen Valley, 12:26 p.m.; Boonville, 12:39 p.m.; Princeton, 12:52 p.m.; Pike Central, 1:05 p.m.; North Harrison, 1:18 p.m.; Corydon Central, 1:31 p.m.; break; Beech Grove, 1:57 p.m.; Washington, 2:10 p.m.; Edgewood, 2:23 p.m.; Gibson Southern, 2:36 p.m.; Heritage Hills, 2:49 p.m.; Evansville Bosse, 3:02 p.m.; Scottsburg, 3:15 p.m.; awards, 3:41 p.m.
Class A ‘ Ben Davis, 5:38 p.m.; Castle, 5:51 p.m.; Avon, 6:04 p.m.; Columbus North 6:17 p.m.; Hamilton Southeastern, 6:30 p.m.; Lawrence Central, 6:43 p.m.; Pike, 6:56 p.m.; Center Grove, 7:09 p.m.; break; Brownsburg, 7:35 p.m.; Franklin Central, 7:48 p.m.; Warren Central, 8:01 p.m.; Terre Haute South Vigo, 8:14 p.m.; Southport, 8:27 p.m.; Terre Haute North Vigo, 8:40 p.m.; Lawrence North, 8:53 p.m.; awards, 9:06 p.m.
Class C bands that will compete at the north regional site, at Carmel High School, in alphabetically order, are: Angola, Concordia Lutheran, Danville, Heritage, Knox, Lewis Cass, Maconaquah, Mount Vernon/Fortville, New Palestine, New Haven, Northwood, Norwell, Twin Lakes, Wayne and Western.