Bands earn high honors at weekend contests

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Local high school marching bands claimed high honors when they competed in area contests over the weekend.

The Jasper Marching Wildcats placed first in the 4A Class at the Paoli Junior-Senior High School Invitational, beating out runner-up Bloomington South and third-place finisher Silver Creek High School. The Marching Wildcats swept the categories in their class, which included best percussion, best color guard, best drum major, best music, best marching and best effect. The band will compete Saturday at the Murray State University Invitational in Murray, Kentucky, at 1:45 p.m. CDT.

The Southridge Marching Raiders placed first in the Blue Class at the Castle High School Invitational in Newburgh. The band finished in front of runner-up Boonville High School, and Princeton high school placed third. Southridge will compete again on Saturday at the Evansville North High School Invitational at 6:05 p.m. CDT.

The Forest Park Marching Rangers placed second in the Paoli Junior-Senior High School Invitational’s 3A Class and won awards for best color guard, best field commander and best general effect. The Marching Rangers will head to the Floyd Central High School Highlander Invitational on Saturday and will perform at 7:39 p.m.

The Northeast Dubois Marching Jeeps placed second out of six bands in the A class at the Paoli and earned awards for best color guard, best percussion and best music in their class. They will compete next weekend at the Floyd Central Invitational at 3:39 p.m.

The Heritage Hills Marching Patriots placed second in the 2A Class at the North Posey High School Field of Dreams Invitational on Saturday behind winner Pike Central High School. Heritage Hills earned awards for best guard, best percussion and best drum majors in the class. The band will not compete next weekend.

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