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Members of the Concord High School marching band perform during the ISSMA regional at Lafayette Jefferson High School Saturday, Oct. 19. (Truth Photo by J. Tyler Klassen) (J. Tyler Klassen)

The Penn High School marching band competes Saturday, Oct. 19, at Chesterton High School for the ISSMA Marching Band Open Class Regional. (Michael Gard For the Elkhart Truth)

Members of the Elkhart Central marching band perform during the ISSMA regionals at Lafayette Jefferson High School on Saturday, Oct. 19. (Truth Photo by J. Tyler Klassen) (J. Tyler Klassen)

Northridge drum major Melissa Jones signals that the Raider band is ready to perform during the ISSMA regionals at Lafayette High School Saturday, Oct. 19. (Truth Photo by J. Tyler Klassen) (J. Tyler Klassen)

Penn High School’s Sara Eveler, right, performs a solo as Shelby O’Neal dances during comeptition Saturday, Oct. 19, at Chesterton High School for the ISSMA Marching Band Open Class Regional. (Michael Gard For The Elkhart Truth)

Concord’s Casey Littlefield plays bass drum during the band’s performance at the Lafayette Jefferson ISSMA regional Saturday, Oct. 19. (Truth Photo by J. Tyler Klassen) (J. Tyler Klassen)

The Fairfield High School marching band competes Saturday, Oct. 19, at Chesterton High School for the ISSMA Marching Band Open Class Regional. (Michael Gard For The Elkhart Truth) (MICHAEL GARD)

Dylan Eberly, junior, plays bells during the band’s performance at ISSMA regionals at Lafayette Jefferson High School on Saturday, Oct. 19. (Truth Photo by J. Tyler Klassen) (J. Tyler Klassen)

The Penn High School Color Guard competes Saturday, Oct. 19, at Chesterton High School for the ISSMA Marching Band Open Class Regional. (Michael Gard For The Elkhart Truth)

Elkhart Central freshman Xitlali Diaz-Torres sets out her color guard flags before the Blue Blazers ISSMA regional show at Lafayette Jefferson High School on Saturday, Oct. 19. (Truth Photo by J. Tyler Klassen) (J. Tyler Klassen)

The Goshen High School marching band competes Saturday, Oct. 19, at Chesterton High School for the ISSMA Marching Band Open Class Regional. (Michael Gard For The Elkhart Truth)

Catherine Darr, left, and Karinna Diaz compete with the Northwood High School marching band Saturday, Oct. 19, at Chesterton High School for the ISSMA Marching Band Open Class Regional. (Michael Gard For The Elkhart Truth) (MICHAEL GARD)

Northwood High School marching band drum major Katie Yoder leads the band in competition Saturday, Oct. 19, at Chesterton High School for the ISSMA Marching Band Open Class Regional. (Michael Gard For The Elkhart Truth) (MICHAEL GARD)

Goshen High School’s Stephanie Esparza competes Saturday, Oct. 19, at Chesterton High School for the ISSMA Marching Band Open Class Regional. (Michael Gard For The Elkhart Truth)

Members of the Northridge High School marching band compete in ISSMA regionals at Lafayette Jefferson High School on Saturday, Oct. 19.(Truth Photo by J. Tyler Klassen)

The NorthWood High School marching band competes Saturday, Oct. 19, at Chesterton High School for the ISSMA Marching Band Open Class Regional. (Michael Gard For The Elkhart Truth) (MICHAEL GARD)

Members of the Northridge color guard perfom during the ISSMA regionals at Lafayette Jefferson High School on Saturday, Oct. 19. (Truth Photo by J. Tyler Klassen) (J. Tyler Klassen)

The Fairfield High School marching band competes Saturday, Oct. 19, at Chesterton High School for the ISSMA Marching Band Open Class Regional. (Michael Gard For The Elkhart Truth) (MICHAEL GARD)

Elkhart Memorial’s Yoshio Ascencio plays mallets during the band’s performance at ISSMA regionals at Lafayette Jefferson High School on Saturday, Oct. 19. (Truth Photo by J. Tyler Klassen) (J. Tyler Klassen)

The shadow of Elkhart Memorial’s drum major Nate Bellamy is shown on a barrier during the band’s show at Lafayette Jefferson High School during ISSMA regionals Saturday, Oct 19. Bellamy is a senior. (Truth Photo by J. Tyler Klassen) (J. Tyler Klassen)

The Goshen High School color guard competes Saturday, Oct. 19, at Chesterton High School for the ISSMA Marching Band Open Class Regional. (Michael Gard For The Elkhart Truth)

Concord band director Scott Spradling encourages his band during the ISSMA regionals at Lafayette Jefferson High School on Saturday, Oct. 19. (Truth Photo by J. Tyler Klassen) (J. Tyler Klassen)

Megan Miller, center, of the Fairfield High School marching band competes Saturday, Oct. 19, at Chesterton High School for the ISSMA Marching Band Open Class Regional. (Michael Gard For The Elkhart Truth) (MICHAEL GARD)

Horn players in the Elkhart Memorial High School band perform during ISSMA regionals at Lafayette Jeffereson High School on Saturday, Oct 19. (Truth Photo by J. Tyler Klassen)
Seven marching bands from Elkhart County area advance to semi-state

Posted on Oct. 19, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

Seven local marching bands advanced to semi-state at the Indiana State School Music Association regional contests in Chesterton and Lafayette on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Northridge, Concord, Central, Penn, Goshen, Fairfield and NorthWood will compete at the ISSMA semi-state contest in Indianapolis next Saturday, Oct. 26.

On Saturday, NorthWood took the field at Chesterton High School before any other class C band. Performing first, band director Eric Criss said, was nerve-wracking.

“The kids did good, they performed strong,” Criss said immediately following NorthWood’s performance. “This regional feels a little more high stakes (than years past). But we took that energy and used it to our advantage.”

The difference Criss was referring to is a change ISSMA made to the contests this year. Usually, there would be a district competition before the regional competition. This year, however, ISSMA cut out the district contest, making regionals the first official contest of the season.

Andrew Muth, director of Fairfield’s band, said following the band’s performance that he felt the group was more confident and more prepared than earlier performances this year.

“They came in, they knew their roles and their jobs, and they did that,” Muth said. “I feel very confident about our show today.”

In Lafayette, Northridge was the first Elkhart County band to perform at Jefferson High School. Bryce Coyne, assistant director for Northridge, said the end of the band’s show on Saturday was the best he had seen the band perform this season. “The kids have been improving each week,” he said. “They had lots of energy and the show was very exciting.”

Kurt Weimer, band director for Memorial, said following the band’s performance that the show went off without a hitch despite some weather issues.

“We had a great show,” Weimer said. “It was kind of windy today, which made it tough for the color guard, but they pushed through. This is absolutely the best performance to date the band has done.”

Goshen band director Tom Cox said he’s happy with how the band performed Saturday. “It’s a very difficult show, musically speaking,” Cox said. “The kids put in a lot of hard work and it’s good for them to be rewarded.”

Goshen also received distinctions in music, visual and effect from the judges.

Penn band director Glenn Northern said that Saturday is the first time Penn has performed its show in its entirety.

“There are lots of visual and music issues that we are doing well at, but we want to get better,” Northern said. “At this point we are performing at our expectations.”

Scott Spradling, Concord band director, said the band performed well, with room for improvement.

“We really love our show, but are still striving to capture the emotionality of it all,” he said. “The weather has dealt us a challenge this week, but the students have stepped up their motivation and hope to continue pushing forward to next week.”

A representative from Central’s band was not immediately available for comment.