Marching band season in full stride


By Garth Snow

The Spartan Alliance Band of Homestead High School claimed the best-of-show Grand Champion trophy at the On the Banks of the Wabash marching band festival Saturday at Bluffton High School.

Homestead swept the caption awards for Visuals, Music and General Effect, and took first place in the Open Class A competition for larger bands. The Charger Pride of Carroll High School placed second. The Big Orange Pride of Northrop High School placed third.

In Open Class B, East Noble took first place and the caption award for General Effect. DeKalb placed second and won the caption awards for Music and Visual. New Castle took the third-place trophy.

In Open Class C, Concordia Lutheran High School swept the caption awards and placed first. Norwell placed second, Angola placed third and Garrett placed fourth.

In Open Class D, Adams Central was first and won the Visual caption. Whitko was second and won the Music caption. Alexandria Monroe was third and won the General Effect caption. Woodlan was fourth, Bremen was fifth, and Eastside was sixth.

Snider took the top trophy in Scholastic Class A for larger schools, also picking up the trophy for the Music and General Effect captions. Huntington North was second. Columbia City was third and claimed the Visual caption. Wayne took fourth.

Manchester took Scholastic Class B and won the Music caption. New Haven was second and won the General Effect caption. Heritage was third and took the Visual caption.

Host Bluffton marched in exhibition but did not compete for awards.

Bands will compete in various festivals leading up to ISSMA competition in October.

Leo Jr./Sr. High School will march for the first time this season on Saturday at DeKalb High School, taking the field in Class C at 9:05 p.m. Heritage and New Haven will march in Scholastic B at 3:43 p.m. and 3:56 p.m., respectively. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Northrop will enter Scholastic A. That lineup includes South Side at 4:22 p.m., Wayne at 4:35 p.m., Columbia City at 4:48 p.m., Huntington North at 5:01 p.m., Northrop at 5:14 p.m.and Snider at 5:27 p.m. North Side will march in Open Class B at 9:18 p.m.

Four local bands will perform Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Kingsmen Carnival of Bands at Penn High School, 56100 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka. Gates open at noon; performances begin at 1 p.m. Eleven Class A bands will perform, beginning with Portage at 7:47 p.m. and closing with Homestead at 10:10 p.m. Snider performs at 8 p.m. Carroll performs at 9:31 p.m. The host school band also will perform in exhibition at 10:23 p.m. North Side will march in Open Class B at 7:03 p.m. In all, 37 bands will march at Penn. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for students and ages 65 and over.

On Saturday, Oct. 1, Homestead will host the 38th Homestead Fall Festival of bands. The first band will march at approximately 10 a.m., and the final band at about 5:30 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children and senior citizens. An estimated 20 to 25 bands will perform.

On Oct. 8, Homestead will host the Indiana State School Music Association Scholastic Class preliminaries and Open Class contest. Scholastic Class bands need to earn a Gold rating to advance to the state finals.