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Bands wrap up season at state

Bands wrap up season at state Bands wrap up season at state
By Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]

While neither the Corydon Central Vanguard nor North Harrison Marching Cougars placed in the top five at the Scholastic B class of the Indiana State School Music Association contest Saturday at Franklin Central High School, both band directors were pleased with their group’s performance.

Bands wrap up season at state
The Corydon Central Vanguard play their show, For the Crown, one last time Saturday at the Indiana State School Music Association’s state finals at Franklin Central High School. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor

“I was really happy with how they performed on Saturday,” said Steven Kurk, director of the Vanguard. “They managed to end the season with their strongest performance of the year. Overall, I’ve been really impressed with how this group of kids has developed and improved throughout the season. They’ve had a great work ethic and pushed all the way through our final rehearsal last Thursday trying to improve.

I’ve told them since the beginning of the season that our only goal is to be better than we were last week, and they’ve done a great job of working towards that,” he said. “I’m hoping they can build on the positive feelings and success of this year and pick things up in the summer where we’ve left them this fall.”

The Vanguard and Marching Cougars were among the 22 class B bands to advance to state based on their scores at semi-state on Oct. 8.

Bands wrap up season at state
The color guard of the North Harrison Marching Cougars are featured during a portion of their show, Shine, on Saturday at the Indiana State School Music Association’s state finals at Franklin Central High School. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor

“I am so proud of their performance on Saturday,” director Jennifer Gordon said of the Marching Cougars. “We had a lot of growing pains this season with 18 out of the 33 members being in middle school, but this young group learned a lot and really stepped up and performed a challenging show well.

“I am so excited to see how the band as a whole continues to grow during the rest of the school year, and I am excited to start planning and designing next year’s show. I can’t talk about placements per ISSMA policy, but I will say I am happy with where we finished in a highly competitive class against bands that don’t march nearly as many middle schoolers as we do. We continued to grow each week and the kids really shined bright at finals.”

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