“Sound and Spirit” headed to semi-state

East and North High Schools’ combined marching band is headed to Open Class Semi-State in two weeks.

According to a schedule posted by the Indiana State School Music Association, the Sound and Spirit of Columbus will perform at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.

Twenty bands from the Open A division, including Columbus, have advanced to semi-state, including Avon, the Class A state champion from 2019.

Sound and Spirit competed in regionals at Center Grove High School on Oct. 16.

According to a Facebook page for Columbus East’s band, the combined band also received a gold rating in addition to scoring well enough to advance to semi-state.

Admission for semi-state is $8 for adults and $5 for students and preschoolers.

Ten Open A classification bands will advance from semi-state to the state finals, which are scheduled for Nov. 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Ten bands from each of the four open class divisions — A, B, C, D — will compete, with a state champion named from each division.

The American Dairy Association Indiana and Prairie Farms Dairy will present a $1,000 “Winners Drink Milk” scholarship to a student from each of the four state champion bands.