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The Columbus North and Columbus East high school marching bands are tweaking their routines in the last days before participating in separate and important competitions that impact their title aspirations.
The Sound of North will participate in the Indiana State School Music Association’s Class A semi-state competition Saturday against 19 other bands at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.
North marchers will perform at 4:15 p.m. They will need to finish in the top 10 to advance to the ISSMA Marching Band Open Class finals Nov. 2 at Lucas Oil Stadium, also in Indianapolis, said Bill Stultz, the Columbus North band director.
Stultz and his assistants are polishing the show, a tribute to President John F. Kennedy, by adding a flute solo and changing a bit of the movements.
“We’re just trying to clean up the performance,” Stultz said.
East’s Olympian Spirit Marching Band will participate with 15 other bands in the ISSMA Scholastic Marching Band finals at Lawrence Central High School. Its marchers are scheduled to perform its show, “Winter White,” at 5:56 p.m.
Open Class competitions are based on the size of schools bands represent. Scholastic competitions are based on a combination of school size and band size, and the bands tend to be smaller than in Open Class.
Regardless of how it performs in relation to the other bands, the Olympians are bound for the Mid-States Finals on Nov. 2 in Mason, Ohio, said David Rodgers, East’s band director.
Music and marching
What: Columbus East High School’s Olympian Spirit marching band at the ISSMA Scholastic Marching Band finals
When: Performance at 5:56 p.m.
Where: Lawrence Central High School, 7300 E. 56th St., Indianapolis
What: Columbus North High School’s Sound of North marching band at the ISSMA Class A semi-state competition
When: Performance at 4:15 p.m.
Where: Ben Davis High School, 1200 N. Girls School Road, Indianapolis
East will not compete at the ISSMA Marching Band finals.
Rodgers said Saturday’s show is important because the band can earn bragging rights and will get judging feedback.
“We did tweak some (color) guard stuff,” Rodgers said. “We have been constantly modifying things to match better with the music, so we’re hoping it all comes together.”
The Mid-States Band competition is intended for bands that are too small to successfully go head-to-head with some of the state’s larger bands. The organization bases its divisional categories on the number of students in the bands, unlike the ISSMA, which based it on the number of students in their schools.
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