Weekend contests prep bands for Jasper invitational

From Local Sources

Rain put a damper on local high school marching band contests throughout the month of September, but all four Dubois County bands competed in full at various events on Saturday.

The ensembles are putting the finishing touches on their shows and preparing for Jasper’s annual Indiana State School Music Association Scholastic Prelims and Open Class Invitational contest at Jerry Brewer Alumni Stadium on Saturday.

The Northeast Dubois Marching Jeeps are the only local band that compete in the Scholastic Class — an alternative means of competition for programs that opt out of the ISSMA Open Class — and have the most riding on Saturday’s contest in Jasper.

They will perform at 12:18 p.m. If they earn a gold rating, the band will move on to the ISSMA Scholastic Class Finals contest at Lawrence Central in Indianapolis on Saturday, Oct. 20.

The Jasper Marching Wildcats, Southridge Marching Raiders and Forest Park Marching Rangers will compete Saturday in the open invitational portion of Jasper’s contest — an event that does not influence their path toward the ISSMA state championship.

This past Saturday, the Northeast Dubois Marching Jeeps placed seventh out of nine bands in the Open Class contest at the Springs Valley High School Festival of Marching Bands.

The Jasper Marching Wildcats traveled to the Louisville Ballard High School Bruin Invitational on Saturday and placed second in the contest’s open class. The band placed third out of 15 bands overall. Jasper also performed in exhibition at Springs Valley on Saturday, but did not receive a placement.

Next, Jasper will compete at 6:35 p.m. Saturday at the local Open Class Invitational in Class C at Jerry Brewer Alumni Stadium.

The Southridge Marching Raiders earned top honors in the 1A Class at the Evansville Harrison High School Invitational on Saturday. The Raiders placed first ahead of Tell City High School and Evansville Mater Dei High School.

“We were pretty happy with our performance,” Southridge Director Lannie Butler said in an email. “It was truly the first time we have been able to put a full run of the show out there.”

The Marching Raiders will perform at 4:12 p.m. Saturday at Jasper’s Open Class Invitational in Class D.

The Forest Park Marching Rangers placed first in Class D at the Springs Valley Festival of Marching Bands Saturday and were also named the overall winners of the invitational. Forest Park won awards for having the best color guard, best percussion, best music, vest visual, and best general effect. Forest Park will compete in Class D at Jasper’s Open Class Invitational at 5:56 p.m. on Saturday.

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