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With contests scrapped, Vanguard plays for show

With contests scrapped, Vanguard plays for show
With contests scrapped, Vanguard plays for show
Members of the Corydon Central Vanguard guard perform during an outdoor concert Sept. 22. Photos by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor
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Generally by this time of a new school year, Jason Novak, band director at Corydon Central High School since 2013, has had the Vanguard to a few competitions and is fine-tuning the show as the Indiana State School Music Association’s regional contest draws near.

However, due to COVID-19, ISSMA canceled its competitions this year, relegating the Vanguard to play at home football games, which have been allowed by the Indiana High School Athletic Association.

“Weird,” Novak said of having his Saturdays free of having to get up early to travel to contests.

It was mid-July when ISSMA announced the cancellation of its competitions, the week after the Vanguard had a “camp” to work on the music for its 2020 show. (There have been a few marching band contests throughout the state hosted by individual schools.)

Novak said, “The kids already knew” of ISSMA’s decision by the time he was going to tell them.

The Vanguard was expecting about 80 participants this year, with a “really big senior class,” Novak said.

Without the competition aspect, several students opted for virtual learning.

The Vanguard played an outdoor concert last Tuesday evening on the football field with field commander MaKayla Stewart at the helm. As an underclassmen, Novak said Stewart will serve as field commander next school year, too.

Senior Vanguard members were recognized, as were sponsors of the program.

Novak said the showed planned for this year will carry over into next.

“The drill wasn’t written yet” when ISSMA’s decision came down, he said.

In the meantime, the Vanguard will play to home football spectators.

Novak said he’s excited for pep band again during basketball season and, of course, there’s the concert band.

Winterguard and drumline competitions currently are anticipated during the winter months.

“We’ll be back next year,” Novak said of the Vanguard and its competitions.