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Bands get first competition of ’22 under belts

Bands get first competition of ’22 under belts
Bands get first competition of ’22 under belts
Corydon Central Vanguard pit members concentrate on their performance during the contest Saturday at Evansville Central High School. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor
By Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]

The North Harrison Marching Cougars and Corydon Central Vanguard, along with five other bands, competed in Class A Saturday evening at Evansville Central High School.

Jennifer Gordon, now in her third year as band director at North Harrison, was pleased with the Marching Cougars’ fourth-place finish.

“I am very proud of our performance at Evansville Central,” she said. “We have a lot of new members this year, so there were some nerves, but they recovered well and kept going strong.”

North Harrison performed fourth of the seven bands with its show Shine. Musical selections include “This Little Light of Mine,” “Sunchaser” by Carol Brittin Chambers, “On to the Next Frontier” by Richard Saucedo and “Vanishing Point” by Randall Standridge.

“It was nice to get on the road again, and the kids were very excited to perform in full uniform for the first time this season,” Gordon said.

The Vanguard didn’t place in the top four of the class but did was named Fan Favorite of the seven bands with its show titled For the Crown, which has a chess theme.

Soloists for the Vanguard are Alyssa Harmon, junior flute; Katie Richard, sophomore flute; Ella Ground, junior clarinet; and Violet Meriwether, junior flute.

Tell City finished first in the class and earned Best Drum Major and Best Percussion awards. South Spencer finished second and also received the Best Guard award. Third in Class A was Pike Central. The Corydon Central Vanguard received the Fan Favorite award.

Bands get first competition of '22 under belts
North Harrison Marching Cougars horn players are surrounded by guard members during a portion of their show at Evansville Central High School on Saturday. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor

On Saturday, both the Marching Cougars and Vanguard will compete at Paoli.

The contest will begin at 5:01 p.m. with Class A: Mitchell – The Sound of the Swarm, Salem Marching Lions (5:14), Northeast Dubois Marching Jeeps (5:27) and Eastern (Pekin) Musketeer Brigade (5:40).

At 5:53 p.m., Class AA will begin. First will be the Vanguard, followed by the Henryville Golden Band (6:06), North Harrison (6:19) and the Silver Creek Marching Dragons (6:32).

Awards for Class A and AA will be presented at 7 p.m.

Class AAA, set to begin, will include Springs Valley Blackhawk Brigade, Mount Vernon Marching Wildcats, Tell City Marching Marksmen and Forest Park Marching Rangers.

Three bands — Orleans Bulldog Regiment, Terre Haute North Patriot Brigade and Jasper Marching Wildcats — will compete in Class AAAA beginning at 8:29.

Following an exhibition at 9:08 of the Pride of Paoli marching band, awards will be distributed for Class AAA and AAAA.

Gordon will work the Marching Cougars in preparation of Saturday’s contest.

“The goal this week is to get the first half of our final movement on the field and to keep improving timing for the first two movements,” she said. “I am glad we have a home football game on Friday to get another performance under our belts before Paoli.”

Kurk, in his second year as the Vanguard director, is working to improve fundamentals.