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Following Highlander Band: SynchroniCITY stopped short in Greenwood

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. 

 

Following Highlander Band: Highlanders hustle through Lawrence Central

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. 

 

Q&A with senior Aaron Nottke

By Gracie Vanover

Aaron Nottke is a senior trumpet player in marching band, concert band, pep band, and concert band. This year, Nottke lead a group of 15 students in a trumpet choir for solo and ensemble. They received a gold at district and are advancing to state competition on this Saturday.

BP: How do you lead your ensemble?

Aaron Nottke: “I will have them play something, I’ll listen to it, and give them suggestions to make it sound better.”

BP: As a leader what’s the hardest challenge for you?

AN: “Staying positive and keeping everyone focused during rehearsal.”

BP: What aspect of being a leader is your favorite?

AN: “The best part of being a leader is reaping the benefits of the effort that you put in, and I get to experience that.”

BP: How does your group work together?

AN: “The group works pretty well with each other; however it, is often times difficult for everyone to stay focused. While playing everyone listens to each others parts and for the most part they will fix things on their own with repetitions.”

BP: As a senior how does it feel to know this is your last shot to get a gold at state?

AN: “I couldn’t be more excited for state, and I know I’ll be happy regardless of whether we get gold or not, as long as everyone puts forth their best effort.”

BP: What has shaped you for the role of being a leader?

AN: “Years of experience with band and learning from my own mistakes as well as others’ has changed and shaped me into the person I am today.”

BP: How do you encourage your group in hard times?

AN: “When things don’t sound great during rehearsal I try to emphasize the positive things they are doing while still working to fix the negative.”

BP: How do you hope to impact your group in the end?

AN: “I hope to leave them with good memories and hopefully as better musicians.”

 

Bands compete in Invitational at FC

Photos by Shelby Pennington