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Columbus North’s marching band narrowly missed advancing to the Indiana State School Music Association Class A Finals.
On a 100-point scale, the Sound of North fell 2.3 points short of advancing to the state finals after going up against 20 other schools in semi-state competition Saturday at Ben Davis High School, North Band Director Bill Stultz said. Only the top 10 bands advance to the finals.
Last year, Columbus North posted an eighth-place finish at the ISSMA’s 40th annual championship. It was the ninth time in the past 18 years that the school had reached that level of competition.
While saying that North band members are disappointed, Stultz said both he and his young musicians were pleased about their caliber of performance over the weekend.
“When you get that close in scoring, the judging often becomes subjective,” Stultz said. “A different set of agendas could have meant a different set of outcomes.”
Meanwhile, the Olympian Spirit Marching Band from Columbus East placed fifth out of 16 bands that competed at Saturday’s Scholastic Marching Band Finals at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis.
The musicians from East lost some of their focus when electrical problems at the Indianapolis competition muted two key instruments, including a synthesizer, said East Band Director David Rodgers.
The season is not yet over for the two marching bands from Columbus. Both East and North will compete in different classes Saturday at the Mid-States Invitational Championship in Mason, Ohio.
The Mid-States Band Association, based in Dayton, Ohio, is a consortium of high school band organizations in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.
While East will end it’s marching band season after the Mid-States competition, North will continue on to the Bands of America regional championship Nov. 9 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Bands of America is part of the Music for All foundation, one of the largest national music education organizations.
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