Columbus North high School’s Sound of North is moving on to semistate competition in two weeks after placing fourth at regionals at Center Grove High School on Saturday.

The band was fourth out of 13 bands to qualify for semistate with its show “Within These Walls.” The semistate competition will be on Oct. 28 at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.

The Indiana State School Music Association plans to conduct its state marching band finals Nov. 4 at Lucas Oil Stadium, where four state champion bands will be crowned. North made the Class A state band finals last season, placing ninth.

Before semistate competition, North will also compete at the Bands of America regional competition next weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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North will compete in The Bands of America Indianapolis Super Regional on Friday at 3:45 p.m., among high school bands from 23 states accumulating points for the Music for All’s Bands of America Grand National Championships Nov. 8 to 11. If North qualifies for the finals, the band will perform Saturday night in the finals.

North and 11 other Indiana bands, including Avon High School, Carmel High School, Castle High School, Center Grove High School, East Central High School, Fishers High School, Homestead High School, Lake Central High School, Lawrence Township, Martinsville High School, and Monrovia High School are in the Bands of America Grand National Championships.

The Sound of North placed first Sept. 23 during an invitational event at Floyd Central High School, where it was honored for best music, best color guard and best percussionists, said Bill Stultz, director of bands at North. North was second during an invitational in Zionsville the following week, Stultz said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.