Photo by Brock Kennedy
Story by Gracie Vanover
After a successful weekend at Columbus North High School, the Highlander Band set out again this past weekend to Indianapolis to battle some of the biggest bands in the nation. Facing off against top bands like Avon High School’s Marching Black and Gold proved to be a challenge, but our Highlanders pulled through with an excellent performance.
On Saturday the band rolled into Lawrence Central High School and performed SynchroniCITY for the second time in the competitive scene. Although the competition was harder, many still had high hopes for the performance.
“Before every competition I make sure I go into it knowing no matter what happens I tried my best,” said eighth grade guard member Graysen South. “I always try and think we are gonna do pretty well but we are going against top bands so it’s sometimes hard to keep hype. I try and focus on keeping my part of the show as best as I can and worry about ranking after we perform.”
Many of the members thought this was one of the better performances of the season.
“Overall I think we had a good performance, as always there is always room to improve,”
said sophomore baritone Kent Vitale. “Personally I didn’t see any catastrophic failures.”
Even other bands and their spectators were blown away by the power of the Highlander
band and their show.
“I felt accomplished because like people we don’t know liked [our show],” said eighth
grade mellophone Robert Munoz. “Parents of students that have new uniforms every year and usually step up due to the size and the funds of the band applauding for a band half the size makes me happy cause like it means you did something right.”
Although the band did not place in the top three of their class or win category awards
they made great progressions in the show.
“The sound was much much better than last week. Many people were out of tune last
week and the front ensemble completely messed up,” said freshman percussion member Lizzie Floyd. “This week we completely changed it and blew it out of the water. The front ensemble did amazing and the winds were in time and completely in tune. It’s grown a lot and I can’t wait to see how it changes over this next week for BOA.”
Next week, the Highlanders plan introducing more props and performing the fourth movement of their show which has been highly anticipated by the band’s members.
“[I’m] definitely [excited for] Preston’s trombone solo and the trombone feature,” said
sophomore trumpet player Charlie Roution. “Our stopping point right now isn’t a great one but once the 4th movement is introduced the show will be 10 times better.”
This weekend the band heads to Bands of America Louisville Regional at Cardinal
Stadium. To follow the Highlander band and their journey through ISSMA and Bands of America be sure to check back weekly. To find their performance times and information on the band you can go to their website floydcentralband.org.