Concordia band earns fifth-place trophy

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Marching Cadets drum majors Brooke Hockemeyer, Bethany Zeckzer and Nathan Walz accept the Class C fifth-place band trophy from Jeffrey T. Parthun Sr., left, past president of the Indiana State School Music Association, and Chris Forsythe, representing Music Travel Consultants, event sponsors.

The Marching Cadets of Concordia Lutheran High School gave their best effort at the right moment Nov. 4 at the state band finals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Concordia placed fifth in Open Class C. That trophy is the fourth-highest in the school’s history, according to band director Adam Friedrich. “That’s pretty exciting to be part of something like that,” he said.

Angola placed seventh in Class C. In Class A, Homestead placed first and Carroll placed ninth.

Concordia has reached the 10-band state finals 11 years in a row, 14 times in all, bringing home one state title and one runner-up trophy from the Indiana State School Music Association.

“The kids peaked at exactly the right time and it was an absolutely fantastic show. The kids performed their best,” Friedrich said.

The excitement of a high ranking was tempered by the realization that the show marked the end of the marching season. For the seniors, it marked the end of their marching band careers.

“You’re going through a lot of emotions in terms of being at the state finals as well as a proud moment for what you’ve accomplished. But it’s also a bittersweetness that this is your last competition and the last time you get to perform this show with these people,” Friedrich said. “We had some tears when we were in the warmup arch, playing the Doxology. It was a cool moment for us to just kind of take it in.”

The band improved its placing from eighth last season, Friedrich’s first year as band director.

Although the movements of the show “Eve” are retired and the props will be repurposed, the Cadets will perform the music again. The “standstill performance” will be played in the school gymnasium on Concordia Day. The music list is “The Engulfed Cathedral” by Debussy, “La Muerte Del Angel” by Piazolla and “Overture” by Bjork.

Friedrich said he hasn’t even begun to think about next year’s show. “We get started on that as soon as we get back in session for our winter/spring semester,” he said.

Before and after marching season, the band is still making music. The next big event is the traditional Christmas at the Embassy at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. “That’s our biggest concert, with all of our concert bands and brass ensembles, string orchestra and all the choirs. It’s a big festival and it’s absolutely fantastic,” Friedrich said.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Get tickets at the school, at the Embassy box office, or through Ticketmaster.