Marching Cougars, Vanguard advance to regional in band
The ‘Northern Lights’ weren’t visible Saturday at Columbus East High School but ‘Primal’ instincts took over, as Harrison County’s two marching bands performed at the Indiana State School Music Association district competition.
It was one of the warmer district competitions at Columbus, with noticeably less wind, than either band has seen in recent years.
Just five bands competed in Class C at Columbus, a smaller group than prior years. But the field was crowded at the district site in Jasper, with 11 bands competing.
(During regular marching season, bands compete based on band size. At ISSMA’s district, regional and state competitions, though, they are grouped by school size, with Class A being the largest with enrollments of at least 1,049 students in grades 10 through 12. Class B bands have enrollments between 645 and 1,048; Class C is for schools with 401 to 644 students, and Class D is for student body populations of 400 or less.)
The Corydon Central Vanguard and North Harrison Marching Cougars scored high enough to advance to regional, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 13. Salem and Scottsburg also earned a Gold rating, which allows them to advance to regional. Charlestown earned a Bronze rating.
Besides the Gold rating, North Harrison received trophies for Best Music and Best General Effect. Scottsburg earned the Best Visual trophy.
Corydon Central and North Harrison, along wit Salem and Scottsburg, will compete at the regional site at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis. They will join 12 other Class C bands at the south regional site. Five of those bands will then advance to state competition, along with five bands from the north regional site, on Saturday, Oct. 20, in the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
Crawford County was one of the Class C bands at Jasper, but they fell a few points shy of qualifying for regional. While it was their second year to have a marching band, it was their first year to compete at district.
Harrison County’s two marching bands one more Saturday to fine tune their shows before regional.
This Saturday, the Vanguard will travel to Center Grove in the morning and Salem in the evening for competitions. Their show, ‘Primal,’ is directed by Josh Stewart and has music by James Newton Howard.
The Marching Cougars, who have been using their newly lettered trailer (a grant from the Harrison County Community Foundation funded the project) will also compete Saturday morning at Center Grove. Under the direction of Gary Crisp and Jim Stuppy, their show is called ‘Aurora Borealis: The Northern Lights.’
Here is the Oct. 13 schedule for the south regional site at Warren Central:
Class C ‘ Evansville Reitz Memorial, noon; Princeton, 12:13 p.m.; Evansville Bosse, 12:26 p.m.; Corydon Central, 12:39 p.m.; Gibson Southern, 12:52 p.m.; Washington, 1:05 p.m.; Salem, 1:18 p.m.; Mount Vernon, 1:31 p.m.; break, 1:44 p.m.; Boonville, 1:57 p.m.; Pike Central, 2:10 p.m.; Beech Grove, 2:23 p.m.; North Harrison, 2:36 p.m.; Edgewood, 2:49 p.m.; Scottsburg, 3:02 p.m.; Heritage Hills, 3:15 p.m.; Lincoln, 3:28 p.m.; awards, 3:41 p.m.
Class C bands competing for the five north regional slots are: Western, Heritage, Crawfordsville, Knox, Maconaquah, Concordia Lutheran, New Haven, Leo, Elmhurst, New Palestine, John Glenn, Angola, Plymouth, NorthWood, Twin Lakes, Norwell and Danville.
The five bands from the south and the north regional sites, along with those top bands in Class A, B and D, will compete Oct. 13 at state.
The Vanguard has advanced to state 10 times since 1990. Their last appearance was in 2003.
North Harrison has made 10 straight appearances at state, and won Class C in 1999 and 2000.