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Fairfield marimba player Emily Burkholder, junior performs with the Fairfield Marching Pride during regional competition at Lafayette Jefferson High School 10/13/2012. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Fairfield horn players perform during the band's show at the Lafayette Regional 10/13/2012. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

NorthWood sophomore Jamie McBride plays chimes during the Red Regiment's performance in the rain at the Lafayette Regional 10/13/2012. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

NorthWood band members perform in the rain with the band 10/13/2012 at the Lafayette regional. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

NorthWood band members perform in the rain with the band 10/13/2012 at the Lafayette regional. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

NorthWood's Will Page-Clabaugh, senior, plays timpanum during Red Regiment's performance in the rain at the Lafayette Jefferson High School regional 10/13/2012. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Members of the Fairfield color guard perform perform at the Lafayette Regional 10/13/2012. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Sheila Wert. mother of Tyler Wert,watches her son and the rest of the Fairfield Marching Pride perform at Lafayette Jefferson High School during regional competition 10/13/12012. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

NorthWood's Shelby Thomston, sophomore, plays tuba during the Red Regiment performance at the Lafayette regional 10/13/2012. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Fairfield Marching Pride mellophone players freshman Kari Schrock (left) and senior Javon Yoder perform with the band at regional competition at Lafayette Jefferson High School, 10/13/2012. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Fairfield drum major Chris Minnick signals his band's readiness at the start of the Fairfield Marching Pride show at Regionals 10/13/2012 ay Lafayette Jefferson High School. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

NorthWood's Tori London starts her performance on a bench during the Red Regiment's show in the rain at the Lafayette regional at Lafayette Jefferson High School 10/13/2012. London is a senior. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Michael Gard for the Elkhart Truth Northridge's Caleb Howenstine plays timpani during competition Saturday evening at the ISSMA Marching Band Regionals in Chesterton.

Michael Gard for the Elkhart Truth Elkhart Central's Jazlyn Pooler performs during competition Saturday evening at the ISSMA Marching Band Regionals in Chesterton.

Michael Gard for the Elkhart Truth Elkhart Memorial's Ashley Monday performs Saturday evening during competition at the ISSMA Marching Band Regionals in Chesterton.

Michael Gard for the Elkhart Truth The Northridge High School marching band performs during competition Saturday evening at the ISSMA Marching Band Regionals in Chesterton.

Michael Gard for the Elkhart Truth Northridge's Erin Weber performs during competition Saturday evening at the ISSMA Marching Band Regionals in Chesterton.

Michael Gard for the Elkhart Truth The Elkhart Memorial High School marching band performs Saturday evening during competition at the ISSMA Marching Band Regionals in Chesterton.

Michael Gard for the Elkhart Truth The Elkhart Memorial High School marching band performs Saturday evening during competition at the ISSMA Marching Band Regionals in Chesterton.

Michael Gard for the Elkhart Truth Concord's Bria Prugh performs during competition Saturday evening at the ISSMA Marching Band Regionals at Chesterton.

Michael Gard for the Elkhart Truth The Elkhart Central High School marching band performs during competition Saturday evening at the ISSMA Marching Band Regionals in Chesterton.

Michael Gard for the Elkhart Truth Concord drum major Austin Robbins performs during competition Saturday evening at the ISSMA Marching Band Regionals at Chesterton.

Michael Gard for the Elkhart Truth The Concord High School marching band performs during competition Saturday evening at the ISSMA Marching Band Regionals at Chesterton.

Michael Gard for the Elkhart Truth Elkhart Central's Carol Wierich performs during competition Saturday evening at the ISSMA Marching Band Regionals in Chesterton.

Michael Gard for the Elkhart Truth Goshen's Erika Perez performs during competition Saturday evening at the ISSMA Marching Band Regionals in Chesterton.

Michael Gard for the Elkhart Truth Goshen's Michelle Holcombe, center, performs during competition Saturday evening at the ISSMA Marching Band Regionals in Chesterton.

Michael Gard for the Elkhart Truth The Goshen High School marching band performs during competition Saturday evening at the ISSMA Marching Band Regionals in Chesterton.
Six local marching bands head to semistate

Posted on Oct. 14, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.

Six of Elkhart County’s competitive high school marching bands will continue on to the semistate level.

Indiana State School Music Association band regionals were Saturday.

Local class B bands Northridge, Goshen, Elkhart Central and Concord earned gold ratings and will compete at a semistate contest in two weeks. Elkhart Memorial earned a silver rating and will not continue on in ISSMA competition. Local class B bands competed at the contest at Chesterton High School.

In class C, Fairfield and NorthWood both earned gold ratings at their regional at Lafayette Jefferson High School and will also continue on to semistate in two weeks.

At both locations, it rained on and off through the day. Even if bands didn’t perform in the rain, many practiced or waited to enter the field while it drizzled or misted.

Instruments glistened with raindrops and band members’ outfits were damp after kneeling for parts of performances.

The rain let up before Central’s performance, but freshman clarinetist Danielle Campbell isn’t sure that was any kind of advantage.

“I think we do better when we play in the rain,” she said. The extra challenge makes the band focus more and be sure to play all the better, she explained.

In Lafayette, the rain started just before NorthWood took the field.

“It’s a shame the rain started,” NorthWood band director Eric Criss said, “but I’m proud of the kids pressing on.”

Bands earned a spot at Saturday’s regionals by earning a gold rating at district contests two weeks ago. There are no formal ISSMA contests this next Saturday, which allows bands to either compete in an invitational contest or take the week off from competition.

Bands heading to semistate will compete at sites in Indianapolis on Oct. 27. Bands who top those contests will continue on to the state finals at Lucas Oil Stadium on Nov. 3.