Following Highlander Band: Highlanders scramble through ISSMA invitational

Photo by Kate Zuverink

Story by Gracie Vanover

Last week, not only did the Highlander Band endure their second band camp, but they came home with a gold with distinction rating at ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association)’s Open Class Invitational. 

In overall ranking the band placed second with a score of 76.3 and beat Castle’s Marching Knights in individual music and almost tied with them for overall music. This was also the first public viewing of the entire show, which was completed last Friday. 

“I am extremely happy and excited about our scores. With the end of the show being so new to us, I did not expect our scores to be good but I was pleasantly surprised,” said senior baritone and trombone player Lindy Lawrence. “I expected to get second but not to be anywhere close to Castle. This gives me a lot of hope for [this] week’s competition, and that we can move on to semi-state.”

Although the band started learning the finale to their show two days before their performance they still did the best they could. 

“I felt that there is a need for more run through of the fourth movement, especially the ending charts as we didn’t have as much preparation time as we had for the rest of the show,” said junior trumpet player Brendan Sturgeon. 

After this past weekend the Highlanders are ready to kick it into high gear for regionals this weekend. 

“I feel like we have a good chance of making it to semi-state,” said sophomore guard member Rebecca Moody. “I also feel like our band is ready for this challenge because one band gets sent home and we don’t want it to be us. I [think] our hours of rehearsal have really been showing and [we’ve] got this.”

As ISSMA Regionals approaches rapidly the seniors also prepare for their last shot at state. 

“At the moment I feel nervous about regionals, but we got a good score at the ISSMA contest in Jasper so I’m holding out hope that we make it to semi-state,” said senior flute player Lainey Noles. “The thought of it being the seniors last chance at state makes me upset, but at the same time more determined to do our best.”

The band only has a few more weeks of the marching band season so be sure to catch them at their remaining performances. Regionals this weekend will be at Center Grove High School in Greenwood. To find the schedule for the band go to their website:

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