Big Orange Pride to host band fest

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Upper left: The Northrop Big Orange Pride performs at the University of Saint Francis as part of the first Parade of Champions presented by USF and Snider High School. Northrop placed third in Scholastic A. The Big Orange Pride will be the hosts this Saturday at 4 p.m. at Spuller Stadium. Upper right: The color guard takes the field as the Marching Legends of North Side High School compete Saturday at the Parade of Champions at the University of Saint Francis. The band finished first among four bands in Scholastic A competition. Bottom left: The Mighty Panther Marching Band of Snider High School marches in exhibition at the first Parade of Champions sponsored by Snider and the University of Saint Francis. Bottom right: The Snider High School and University of Saint Francis bands team up to present the national anthem to open the first Parade of Champions on Sept. 23 at the USF field.

PHOTOS BY GARTH SNOW

By Garth Snow

gsnow@kpcmedia.com

Six high school bands will march in competition beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday at Spuller Stadium at Northrop High School.

The host school also will march in exhibition at the Big Orange Pride Invitational.

The schedule follows:

4 p.m., national anthem

4:15 p.m., Garrett, in Open Class B.

4:28 p.m., Huntington North, in Open Class B.

4:41 p.m., New Haven, in Scholastic A.

4:54 p.m., Bishop Dwenger, in Scholastic A.

5:07 p.m., Snider, in Scholastic A.

5:20 p.m., North Side, in Scholastic A.

5:33 p.m., Northrop, in exhibition.

5:46 p.m., awards.

Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. Concession stands will be open.

“This is the first time we have had a festival in a few years and I’m excited to be hosting an event for Fort Wayne groups this year,” director Rob Wilson said early in the season. “There’s no other competition in the area that weekend, and we wanted to give Fort Wayne bands an opportunity to compete. … We just want to have a nice home show for everyone.”

The festival marks the second in two weeks in Fort Wayne. Snider High School and the University of Saint Francis teamed up Sept. 16 for the first Parade of Champions on the USF field. The Mighty Panther Marching Band marched in exhibition, as did co-hosts the USF Marching Pride. Snider and USF also shared honors in presenting the national anthem to open the festival.

USF Director of Bands Steven Kandow said the university enjoyed co-hosting the invitational.

“We were blessed with a beautiful day for the event and were pleased to welcome 10 excellent marching band programs to our first competition,” he said in an email. “We look forward to collaboration on this competition for many future marching seasons to come.”

In Scholastic B, the results were: Heritage, first, including the music, visual and general effect caption awards; Bluffton, second; Manchester, third.

In Scholastic A, the results were: North Side, first, including the music, visual and general effect caption awards; Northrop, second; Columbia City, third; South Side, participation award.

In Open B, the results were: East Noble, first, including the music, visual and general effect caption awards; Huntington North, second; Marion, third.

Also Saturday, 14 bands competed at the DeKalb Invitational at Waterloo.

DeKalb’s Baron Brigade performed its contest show, “Birds of a Feather,” in exhibition prior to the awards ceremony.

In Scholastic Class B, Heritage swept the special awards for best music, general effect and visual effect. Heritage placed first and Bluffton was second.

In Scholastic Class A, Snider claimed the special awards for best music, general effect and visual effect on the way to a first-place finish. Northrop was second and Columbia City was third. Bishop Dwenger and New Haven received participation awards.

In Open Class D, Woodlan grabbed the awards for best music and general effect while finishing in first place. Adams Central won for visual effect and placed second. Whitko was third. Eastside received a participation award.

In Open Class C, Leo won the special awards for music, general effect and visual effect for a first-place finish. Garrett was second.

In Open Class B, East Noble placed first, winning the awards for best music, general effect and visual effect.

Local band festivals continue Saturday, Sept. 30, with the Homestead Fall Festival at Homestead High School. Ticket prices will be $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Homestead and 20 other band will perform. Among local bands, the schedule is:

In Class D: Woodlan, 11:44 a.m.

In Class C: Heritage, 1:02 p.m.; Concordia Lutheran, 1:28 p.m.

In Class B: New Haven, 3:12 p.m.; Huntington North, 3:25 p.m.; Wayne, 3:38 p.m.

In Class A: Snider, 4:30 p.m.; Carroll, 4:56 p.m.; Homestead (in exhibition; not competing), 5:09 p.m.

See the full schedule at infortwayne.com.

Most area bands will perform at Homestead again the following Saturday, Oct. 7, for the Indiana State School Music Association Scholastic Class preliminaries and Open Contest. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students and preschoolers.

Bands that choose to march in Scholastic Class will vie for ratings to advance to the state finals Oct. 21. Bands that choose to march in Open Class will compete for judges’ ratings; actual competition begins at scattered sites on Oct. 14, with semi-states Oct. 28 and state finals Nov. 4.

Local bands will march:

In Scholastic B: Heritage, 11:26 a.m.

In Scholastic A: Wayne, 1:10 p.m.; New Haven, 1:23 p.m.; Bishop Dwenger, 1:49 p.m.; North Side, 2:15 p.m.; Snider, 2:41 p.m.; Northrop, 2:54 p.m.; Columbia City, 3:20 p.m.

In Open Class D: Whitko, 5:04 p.m.; Woodlan, 5:17 p.m.

In Open Class C: Leo, 6:35 p.m.

In Open Class B: Huntington North, 7:53 p.m.

In Open Class A: Homestead, 8:19 p.m.

See the full schedule at infortwayne.com.

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