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Bands not in top form, yet still advance

Bands not in top form, yet still advance
Bands not in top form, yet still advance
Vanguard director Josh Stewart, above, talks with his group after Saturday's awards ceremony of the Indiana State School Music Association's district competition at Columbus East High School. Below, Marching Cougars directors Jim Stuppy, left, and Gary Crisp, along with assistant Darrell Williamson, talk with juniors Amelia Sadler, Adam Copelin and Kyle Black (back to camera). (Photos by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor)

Despite what their directors called lackluster performances Saturday, both the Corydon Central Vanguard and North Harrison Marching Cougars advanced from district to regional in the Indiana State School Music Association competition.
Both bands competed at the Columbus East district site, and both earned gold medals, thus qualifying them for regional on Oct. 15.
The Vanguard and Marching Cougars will compete at the Warren Central site, on the far east side of Indianapolis.
Scottsburg and Salem also advanced to regional from the Columbus East site. Silver Creek earned a silver medal, and Charlestown received a bronze.
Caption awards for Best Music went to North Harrison, while Corydon Central brought home the one for Best Auxiliary. Scottsburg received Best General Effect and Best Marching.
‘It wasn’t the best performance we could do,’ said first-year Vanguard director Josh Stewart.
As he prepared to move to the sidelines from the field for his band’s performance, Stewart told his 92 members, ‘Go get ’em. You don’t have anything to be afraid of.’
After the awards ceremony, Stewart admitted that he was nervous because his kids might have been nervous.
As a former Vanguard member himself, Stewart now has a different perspective.
‘There’s more responsibility,’ he said. ‘It used to be that I only had to worry about myself. Now there’s 100 other people to worry about.’
With the Vanguard gathered around him after the awards, Stewart referred to their season as a season of ‘what ifs.’ And when he told them how they fared against the other five bands in their class, the Vanguard erupted into cheers.
They now have two opportunities to fine-tune their show, titled ‘Emotions: The Human Spectrum,’ Saturday in the morning at Center Grove and at night at Salem.
They will be joined by the Marching Cougars at Center Grove.
‘We’re looking forward to competing with bands from up north,’ such as Norwell and Northwood, other state contenders, said director Gary Crisp.
The Marching Cougars will also present its show, ‘Luna-Sol,’ Friday night at the football game, which is Senior Night.
Crisp said his group of 115 ‘were not up for’ district this past weekend.
‘The tempo’s slowed down,’ he said. ‘They weren’t aggressive. We need to get that drive back.’