Photo by Presley Vanover
Story by Gracie Vanover
This past weekend was one of the toughest marching band competitions in the nation right here in Indiana. ISSMA Regional competition at Center Grove High School in Greenwood had some of the top names like Avon and Carmel. With only 10 bands moving from this regional to semi-state, the Highlanders were in for a long night.
The band placed 11th this weekend, barely missing the chance of being in the top 10 for semi-state. However, the night was not a rough one at all.
“I felt happy. I was excited to be back and I felt really good about how we were going to perform,” said sophomore pit member Lupe Rufing. “When we got done play I felt really good because I played so well and we sounded really good.”
Many members of the band and guard felt this was the best performance for the group to date.
“I think our performance was the best one yet. The features , solos, and notes we normally splat on were the best they have ever been,” said junior tuba player Bailey Durrett.
With every performance there are hardships members have to face whether it be injury or the competition itself.
“I was also nervous because I knew that there [were] five national championship schools there,” said Rufing. “[But] I was glad to show everyone how good we are because we practice really hard and work together to make a good performance.”
Although band members are sad about not advancing they are ready for next season and are okay with their results.
“I’m sad we didn’t advance but I know we did the best we could have done and that the placements between all the bands were fair and we got what we deserved,” said Durrett. “Since we were so close to making it in I’m excited to see how we will do next year because we just keep getting better [each season].
The band will be performing the show two more times even without semi-state and state competition. To follow the band and find their schedules go to their website: www.floydcentralband.org. Be sure to catch them one more time before the season’s end at Bands of America Grand National Championships on Nov. 14.