Area bands represent in marching contests

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Area marching bands were back in action this past weekend, competing in scorching temperatures and bringing home honors from various contests across the state.

The Jasper Marching Wildcats placed third in Class B at the Ben Davis Preview of Champions in Indianapolis on Saturday. The Greenwood Marching Woodmen took home first place in the class, and the Northview Marching Knights notched the runner-up spot in the group. The Wildcats will spend the upcoming weekend practicing for the Indiana State School Music Association Prelims and Open Class Invitational, which is slated to take place at Jerry Brewer Alumni Stadium in Jasper on Oct. 12.

The Southridge Marching Raiders received a participation award for their efforts in the Open Class D contest at the Floyd Central High School Highlander Invitational in Floyd Knobs on Saturday. Southridge will next head to the F.J. Reitz Drill on the Hill invitational in Evansville on Saturday, where the band will perform at 7:15 p.m.

Also at the Highlander Invitational, the Forest Park Marching Rangers placed second in Open Class D. The band took home awards for best marching and best general effect in both the ISSMA Scholastic Class and Open Class D. The Springs Valley Blackhawk Brigade took home first place in the class, while the Pride of Paoli took home second place. The Tell City Marching Marksmen and the Crawford County Marching Wolfpack each notched participation awards. The Rangers will perform next on Saturday at 8:45 p.m. at the Springs Valley Festival of Marching Bands.

The Northeast Dubois Marching Jeeps came in fifth in ISSMA Scholastic Class at the Highlander Invitational. The band was also recognized for having the best drum major in the class. They, too, will head to Springs Valley High School on Saturday. Northeast Dubois is set to perform at 3:09 p.m.

The Heritage Hills Marching Patriots placed third in Class C at the Evansville Harrison Invitational. The Vincennes Lincoln Pride of the Green placed first in the class, and Benjamin Bosse High School’s Pride of Bosse earned runner-up. On Saturday, Heritage Hills will perform at the Springs Valley contest in Open Class C at 6 p.m.

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