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Vanguard battles for better placement

'Shine' lands band in middle of class
Vanguard battles for better placement
Vanguard battles for better placement
he Corydon Central Vanguard compete in the first half of Scholastic B Class on Saturday at Springs Valley High School with their show, For the Crown. The Vanguard finished fourth. Both the Vanguarad and North Harrison Marching Cougars will compete Saturday in Jasper at the Indiana State School Music Association’s Scholastic Class B Prelins for a chance to advance to state contest on Oct. 22 in Indianapolis. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor
By Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]

The Corydon Central Vanguard fell short of top three in the Scholastic B Class on Saturday at Springs Valley High School, while the North Harrison Marching Cougars finished in the middle of the same class.

“We placed fourth out of nine bands on Saturday and once again won the Best Music Award for our class,” Steven Kurk, director of the Vanguard said. “It was an incredibly tight competition in regards to scores. While they didn’t place, they were only 0.05 points behind the third-place band and only 2.3 points behind Washington, who won the competition.”

The Vanguard also received the People’s Choice Award for its show titled For the Crown.

Kurk said his group — six flutes, three clarinets, three alto saxophones, three trumpets, two mellophones, four trombones, one tuba and seven percussionists — is “feeling comfortable on the field and feel confident about everything they’re being asked to perform.”

Vanguard battles for better placement
The North Harrison Marching Cougars take the field for their show, Shine. They finished fifth in the Scholastic B Class. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor

Jennifer Gordon, director of the Marching Cougars, said she is proud of her band’s performance Saturday.

“There was so much improvement from a week ago at Floyd Central,” she said.

The band’s show, titled Shine,” includes four music selections: “This Little Light of Mine,” “Sunchaser,” “On to the Next Frontier” and “Vanishing Point.”

“The first and second movements felt and looked great, and the first half of the third movement was much more confident this week as well,” said Gordon.

The results from Saturday were: Washington, first, as well as Best Percussion and Best General Effect; Heritage Hills, second and Best Guard; Salem, third and Best Visual; Corydon Central, fourth, Best Music and People’s Choice; North Harrison, fifth; Shawe Memorial, sixth; Northeast Dubois, seventh; Southwestern, eighth; and Madison Consolidated, ninth.

This week, both the Marching Cougars and Vanguard are prepping for the Indiana State School Music Association’s Scholastic Class B Prelims, which will take place in Jasper. The Scholastic Class was created in 2013, according to ISSMA, and considers both band size and school enrollment.

“We are looking forward to finishing getting the last little bits of the show on for this week for Prelims,” Gordon said. “I think we are in a good place going into Prelims, and this week will be spent just cleaning and adding small things here and there to really bring the show to life for Saturday.”

Kurk said, “For this week, we’ve added a few more visual elements in the first and third movements but are mainly focused on cleaning and solidifying everything that’s already on the field.”

Class B Prelims will begin at noon. The order will be Heritage Hills; Washington, 12:13 p.m.; Silver Creek, 12:26 p.m.; Corydon Central, 12:39 p.m.; Salem, 12:52 p.m.; break; Eastern (Pekin), 1:18 p.m.; Northeast Dubois, 1:31 p.m.; Evansville Reitz Memorial, 1:44 p.m.; and North Harrison, 1:57 p.m.

The two bands in Scholastic Class A Prelims — Bedford North Lawrence and Bloomington South — will compete before the awards are presented for both classes at 2:49 p.m.

Scholastic bands that earn a gold rating at Prelims will advance to state finals on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis.