Marching bands continue at local contests

From Local Sources

Several local marching bands took another step forward over the weekend.

The Southridge Marching Raider Band placed first out of two bands in Class D at the F.J. Reitz Drill on the Hill Invitational in Evansville on Saturday. The band also earned a best drum major distinction. Mater Dei High School was runner-up in Class D.

The Forest Park Marching Rangers also notched a first-place finish on Saturday. They took home the top spot in Class D at the Springs Valley Festival of Marching Bands, and also earned awards for best music, best visual, and best color guard in the grouping. Forest Park beat six bands in the class, including runner-up Pride of Paoli, third place Orleans Bulldog Regiment, and fourth place Monrovia Bulldog Brigade.

The Northeast Dubois Jeeps placed fourth out of six bands in Scholastic Class B at the Springs Valley contest. The Washington Golden Pride took home first place, while Salem High School placed second and the Pike Central Charger Brigade took home third.

Also at Springs Valley, the Heritage Hills Marching Patriots placed fourth out of four bands in Open Class C. Their season has now officially ended.

The Jasper Marching Wildcats did not compete over the weekend.

This coming Saturday, Jasper, Southridge, Forest Park and Northeast Dubois will all perform in either the Indiana State School Music Association Open Class Invitational, or the ISSMA Scholastic Prelim; both at Jasper High School.
Jasper will begin their routine in the invitational’s Open Class B at 7 p.m.

Southridge will take the field at the invitational in Open Class D at 4:15 p.m., and Forest Park will compete in the same grouping at 3 p.m.

Northeast Dubois will perform in the Scholastic Prelim at 11:39 a.m. A gold rating would send the band to the ISSMA Scholastic Finals later this month at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis. Anything less and their season will end.

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