INDIANAPOLIS — Concord's marching band took second place in its class at the 2013 Indiana State School Music Association state finals on Saturday, Nov. 2, placing higher than any other Elkhart County band.
Fairfield, in class C, won seventh place, and NorthWood, also in class C, won fourth place. Elkhart County's only class A band this year, Goshen, took ninth place.
Concord Following their performance, several Concord band members were shaking and crying as they waited for awards to be announced. “It felt so good — plus this is my last year and I don't want to leave,” Concord senior Jenna Canen explained. Standing nearby, Emerald Perry, also a senior, said that she feels Concord gave their best performance yet Saturday. “It's because of hard work,” she said, and Canen chipped in, “A lot of sweat, blood and tears, man.” Band director Scott Spradling said he could tell the students gave Saturday's performance their best effort. “They tried to put that emotional level in the show, and I think they did that, based on the fact that they are all bawling,” Spradling said.
Band director Tom Cox said following the band's performance that he was very happy with the show they produced.
“It's class A — every band is good, there's no bad bands in class A,” Cox said.
In the week leading up to Saturday's performance, Cox said that he is proud of the band this year as they are one of the smallest groups in class A.
“Class A is truly the best bands in Indiana,” he said. “First place or tenth place, we are happy to be there (at state finals). The kids have worked hard and I'm proud of what they've done. We may not win, but it's about being the best we can be.”
NorthWood director Eric Criss said he is “thrilled” that the Red Regiment made it to fourth place this year. “Last year we set as our mission to break into the top five,” Criss said. He said right after the band's performance that the group worked intensely the week prior to Saturday's performance. This work included a last-minute choreography change.
Fairfield band director Andrew Muth said he was surprised at the judges' choice to put Fairfield in seventh place. “We weren't expecting that, but we did our best and that's all we can hope for,” Muth said. “Looking at it (the judges' feedback) now, it was really, really tight. We are going to do our best to be back here next year.” Fairfield drum major Kyle Jones, a sophomore, said prior to the awards ceremony that band members felt good about their performance Saturday. “Success isn't always winning, and I think this (performance) was a success,” Jones said.
Here are the results for Class A, B, and C state contests from Saturday:
The results from the class A ISSMA state finals are: first, Avon; second, Carmel; third, Homestead; fourth, Lake Central; fifth, Lawrence Central; sixth, Center Grove; seventh, Castle; eighth, Ben Davis; ninth, Goshen; tenth, Carroll.
The results for class B ISSMA state finals are: first, Greenwood; second, Concord; third, Northview; fourth, Jasper; fifth, Plainfield; sixth, Floyd Central; seventh, DeKalb; eighth, Munster; ninth, New Castle; 10th, Plymouth.
The results from the class C ISSMA state finals are: first, Concordia Lutheran; second, Western; third, Beech Grove; fourth, NorthWood; fifth, Norwell; sixth, Edgewood; seventh, Fairfield; eighth, Angola; ninth, Lincoln; and 10th, Mount Vernon.
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