NH’s symphony ends at semi-state
The North Harrison Marching Cougars had their dreams of returning to the state finals of the Indiana State School Music Association’s marching band competition dashed Saturday when they failed to advance from the Class C semi-state.
A trip to state has been out of reach the past four years for the Ramsey group which won the Class C state title in 1999 and 2000. Trips to Indianapolis for the state championship followed in 2001 through 2006. But the Marching Cougars have not advanced past semi-state since that level of the competition was added in 2008.
Jim Jones, who was hired this summer to succeed Gary Crisp as the band director, was proud of his group’s performance.
‘I don’t know what to say,’ he told the band members as they gathered around the buses before their return trip from Plainfield High School, which hosted the Class C competition. ‘I was proud of what you put out there today.’
(Other ISSMA contest sites were Ben Davis High School, Class A; Pike High School, Class B; and Franklin Community High School, Class D. Bands compete in classes based on school size, with Class A being the largest.)
Jones said the Marching Cougars gave their best performance of the season Saturday.
The band began its day with a run-through of its show, V to IX, which featured music from Beethoven’s 5th and 9th symphonies, at the Ramsey school. Then, it made the 2-1-/2-hour drive to Plainfield, where members dressed in their uniforms and went through warm-ups of their show.
Of the 20 bands in the class, the Marching Cougars had drawn the 10th position to perform, the last one prior to the lunch break for the judges. That was followed by 10 more bands.
At about 6 p.m., the Marching Cougars formed three lines along the school track to await their fate.
The names of all 20 bands were read while their field commanders accepted a trophy from ISSMA. NHHS senior Grace Robertson accepted the Marching Cougars’ trophy.
Then, the announcer read the names of the 10 bands that will compete Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for state bragging rights. Those bands, in order of appearance at semi-state, will be Edgewood, Beech Grove, Western, Scottsburg, Norwell, Plymouth, Gibson Southern, Fairfield, Heritage and Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran.
‘It’s been a good season all the way around,’ Jones said, adding that the students were good to work with.
Assisting Jones this marching season were Chris Morris, Darrel Williamson, Charles Combs, Jeremy Jordan, Ondraus Cession, Del Duke, Michael Harbeson and Christy Shollor.