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Bands prep for district contest

With one competition remaining before heading for district, the three area marching band directors were feeling pretty good about their shows on Saturday.
The Corydon Central Vanguard and the North Harrison Marching Cougars won their respective classes at two competitions on Saturday. The Marching Wolfpack from Crawford County finished third during their one event for the day.
‘The band has a good grasp of the fundamentals of the show,’ said Gary Crisp, director of the Marching Cougars. ‘Now, we need to work on getting them emotionally involved so the energy can be transmitted to the audience.’
North Harrison’s show, ‘Aurora Borealis: The Northern Lights,’ had additional props Saturday as the Marching Cougars competed Saturday morning at New Albany and Floyd Central that evening. Some band members wore lights that flashed on their uniform jackets, creating a light show effect, especially during the evening show.
‘We are working on the coordination of the drill to the music to create this emotion,’ Crisp said. ‘Staying focused on the importance of district is our main goal.’
John Fischer, director of the Marching Wolfpack, said he is getting his group ready for district. On Saturday, they competed at Floyd Central and graciously agreed to move ahead in the schedule after Henryville arrived late due to traffic.
‘We’re coming along,’ Fischer said.
Crawford County’s show this year is ‘A Painter’s Process’ and includes music written by Fischer.
The Marching Wolfpack finished third Saturday while competing in Class C, which is the class the band will be in at district.
‘We are really excited just to be going to district this year,’ Fischer said. ‘ … the students are really looking at it as another opportunity to show people just how far we have come as a marching band program in just our second year.’
Josh Stewart, the Vanguard director, said he was ‘very pleased’ with how well his group did Saturday. Their show is ‘Primal.’
‘The students are working very hard and are performing with a lot of energy,’ he said. ‘I am confident we will play well at district and hope that it will put us in line for were we want to be for regional. This week, we are making small adjustments to the show, adding a few things and cleaning some things up … just making what we already do that much better.’
This Saturday, North Harrison and Corydon Central will travel to Columbus East High School for the 35th annual Indiana State School Music Association’s district competition while Crawford County heads west to Jasper. The bands will compete in classes based on school size, with Class A being for the largest schools.
Here is the line-up for the Columbus site:
Class D ‘ Borden, 11 a.m.; Indian Creek, 11:13 a.m.; Monrovia, 11:26 a.m.; awards, 11:39 a.m.;
Class C ‘ Charlestown, 12:18 p.m.; Corydon Central, 12:31 p.m.; Salem, 12:44 p.m.; North Harrison, 12:57 p.m.; Scottsburg, 1:10 p.m.; awards, 1:23 p.m.;
Class B ‘ Madison Consolidated, 2:28 p.m.; Floyd Central, 2:41 p.m.; Columbus East, 2:54 p.m.; Bedford North Lawrence, 3:07 p.m.; Bloomington North, 3:20 p.m.; awards, 3:33 p.m.;
Class A ‘ Jeffersonville, 4:12 p.m.; Columbus North, 4:25 p.m.; awards, 4:38 p.m.
At Jasper, the line-up is:
Class D ‘ South Knox, 11 a.m.; Forest Park, 11:13 a.m.; Evansville Mater Dei, 11:26 a.m.; North Posey, 11:39 a.m.; Springs Valley, 11:52 a.m.; South Spencer, 12:05 p.m.; Tell City, 12:18 p.m.; break; North Knox, 12:44 p.m.; Orleans, 12:57 p.m.; Southridge, 1:10 p.m.; Tecumseh, 1:23 p.m.; Paoli, 1:36 p.m.; Perry Central, 1:49 p.m.; awards, 2:02 p.m.;
Class C ‘ Mount Vernon, 3:07 p.m.; Boonville, 3:20 p.m.; Lincoln, 3:33 p.m.; Evansville Bosse, 3:46 p.m.; Crawford County, 3:59 p.m.; Washington, 4:12 p.m.; break; Reitz Memorial, 4:38 p.m.; Gibson Southern, 4:51 p.m.; Heritage Hills, 5:04 p.m.; Princeton, 5:17 p.m.; Pike Central, 5:30 p.m.; awards, 5:43 p.m.;
Class B ‘ F.J. Reitz, 6:22 p.m.; Evansville Central, 6:35 p.m.; Jasper, 6:48 p.m.; Evansville Harrison, 7:01 p.m.; Evansville North, 7:14 p.m.; awards, 7:27 p.m.
Here are the results from Saturday morning at Castle:
Class D ‘ Southridge, first; Evansville Mater Dei, second, Best Auxiliary; South Spencer, third, Best Percussion, Best Drum Major; Tell City, fourth; Tecumseh, fifth; Perry Central, sixth;
Class C ‘ Corydon Central, first, Best Percussion, Best Pit Crew; Forest Park, second, Best Auxiliary; Boonville, third; Reitz Memorial, fourth, Best Drum Major; Washington, fifth; Pike Central, sixth;
Class B ‘ Gibson Southern, first, Best Auxiliary; Vincennes Lincoln, second, Best Percussion; Bedford North Lawrence, third; Evansville Central, fourth, Best Drum Major; Evansville Harrison, fifth.
Gibson Southern took all three caption awards (Best Music, Best Visual and Best General Effect) as well as the Grand Champion award.
At New Albany Saturday morning, the results were:
Class A ‘ Charlestown, first, Best Percussion, Best Drum Major; New Washington, second, Best Auxiliary;
Class AA ‘ Silver Creek, first, Best Auxiliary, Best Percussion, Best Drum Major; Salem, second; Orleans, third;
Class AAA ‘ Bloomington South, first, Best Auxiliary, Best Percussion; Evansville Bosse, second, Best Drum Major;
Class AAAA ‘ North Harrison, first, Best Auxiliary, Best Percussion, Best Drum Major; Floyd Central, second.
And at Floyd Central:
Class D ‘ Henryville, first, Best Percussion; Pekin Eastern, second, Best Drum Major; Rising Sun, third, Best Auxiliary;
Class C ‘ Salem, first, Best Auxiliary; Evansville Bosse, second, Best Percussion, Best Drum Major; Crawford County, third; Charlestown, fourth;
Class A ‘ Corydon Central, first, Best Auxiliary, Best Percussion, Best Drum Major; Jeffersonville, second; Bloomington South, third;
Champion’s Class ‘ North Harrison, first, Best Percussion, Best Drum Major; Paoli, second; Heritage Hills, third, Best Auxiliary.
Overall caption awards: Music, Paoli; Visual, North Harrison; and General Effect, Heritage Hills. North Harrison also was named Grand Champion.

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