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‘Long Road’ ends at semi-state

‘Long Road’ ends at semi-state
‘Long Road’ ends at semi-state
The Corydon Central Vanguard pit concentrates on their playing Saturday afternoon during the group’s performance at semi-state of the Indiana State School Music Association’s Open Class C contest at Decatur Central High School near Indianapolis. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor
Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]

Mother Nature played an unwelcomed part in the Corydon Central Vanguard’s performance Saturday afternoon at semi-state of the Indiana State School Music Association’s Open Class C contest at Decatur Central High School near Indianapolis.

No sooner had the white picket fences been put in place to start the show, gusty winds blew over two of them. Vanguard members discretely uprighted them during the show.

The often strong winds helped create an atmosphere appropriate for the show, titled The Long Road Home, which was based on the “Wizard of Oz” and included songs “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Night on Bald Mountain,” “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” “Habanera,” “Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” “Ninth Symphony” and “Coming Home.” However, the noise of the wind blowing into microphones worn by soloists interfered with what the judges heard.

“This has been a huge year of growth for the Vanguard,” said Jason Novak, the Vanguard director since July 2013.

This year, the group of 74 returned to Open Class competition after finishing fifth at state in ISSMA Scholastic Class last year.

“Anytime a group makes the move from scholastic class to open class there is the adjustment to tougher competition,” Novak said.

The Vanguard competed in the 10th position Saturday with 10 additional Class C bands taking the field after a judges’ break that followed Corydon Central’s performance. The Vanguard earned the semi-state berth during regional competition Oct. 19 at Center Grove High School near Greenwood. Just like at regional, the strong winds Saturday prompted the Vanguard to nix using their full yellow brick road prop during the show.

With senior Jaciel Diaz-Garcia directing the Vanguard, soloists this year included Wesley Vaughn (tuba), Libby Garrett (mellophone), Emma Rogers (flute), Rayna Kelley (trumpet), Gaige Bennett (snare), Travis Amy (tenors) and Hailey Bennett (flute).

Novak was pleased with his group’s performance this season.

“It was nice to see the Vanguard staying close to groups that made it to state,” he said.

Those Class C bands that will compete Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, beginning at 1:20 p.m., in order of appearance, are John Glenn, Mount Vernon, Norwell, Western, Beech Grove, Princeton Community, Concordia Lutheran, Edgewood, Lincoln and NorthWood.

“We’re already planning for next year, which should be an even larger group,” Novak said.

 

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