The Bishop Dwenger High School Marching Saints, led by Don Cochran, will perform Saturday, Aug. 13, in Indianapolis.
The SoundSport International Music & Food Festival will play out from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Pavilion at Pan Am, in downtown Indianapolis. More than 900 bleachers will provide a 360-degree view of the action.
SoundSport is in association with the Drum Corps International Championships that same day at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indiana residents quality for discount tickets; visit dci.org.
Cochran is in his first year at Dwenger. He arrives from Southwestern High School in Hanover, Ind. He formerly served at Springs Valley High School. He is a native of Fort Wayne and a graduate of Homestead High School and IPFW.
His wife, Mindy, is a counselor at Bishop Dwenger.
“SoundSport is providing us an opportunity to re-establish a marching program at Bishop Dwenger with few numbers, and to get students excited about it who may not have been involved in the past,” he said. Cochran said Bishop Dwenger students were not able “to explore this avenue of the marching arts” over the past year unless they were involved in winter guard or winter drum line.
The students see other bands performing. “That just gets them excited and they say, ‘Oh, I can do that,’ ” Cochran said.
The Marching Saints also presented performance shows Aug. 2 before a DCI competition at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne.
Marching musicians from California, Quebec and points between brought their shows to Bishop D’Arcy Stadium. Bands from Dwenger, Concordia Lutheran, Columbia City and Whitko joined the audience to watch shows by units that perform on the national stage.
Les Stentors from Sherbrooke, Quebec, opened with a show based on the Sherlock Holmes theme. A member of the front ensemble “collapsed,” only to be surrounded by weeping colleagues and investigators. A flag corps member carried an oversized magnifying glass. London props circled the performers.
The Raiders from Burlington, N.J., followed. Music City from Nashville, Tenn., and Legends of Kalamazoo, Mich., also performed before intermission. The crowd later saw 7th Regiment from New London., Conn., Blue Devils B from Concord, Calif., and the Spartans from Nashua, N.H.