This past Saturday, the Highlander Band and Emerald Guard marched their way to the Lucas Oil Stadium where they competed at the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) State competition for the seventh consecutive year.
Although the band did not finish as well as they had hoped to, they believed this season overall has been one of the most successful seen in recent years. Their enigmatic theme and months of hard work helped them receive 5th place at the competition.
“I was a little disappointed [with the placement] because we had such a great season, but [I am] still super proud of the band being a part of the top five bands of the state,” said sophomoreNick Huber.
Last Saturday, the orchestra travelled to Evansville Central High School to perform at the State Qualifiers Event. Along with being awarded gold with distinction, they are going to be the first to perform at state in Indianapolis next Saturday.
This past Saturday both FC’s orchestra and band participated in ISSMA State Finals in Indianapolis. The orchestra ranked third in the state for the second year in a row while the band placed as finalists.
Junior violinist Christine McCaffrey was extremely satisfied with the orchestra’s performance Saturday. “I’m really critical,” said McCaffrey, who is assistant principal of the second violin section. “We did really good job, and I’m really proud of everyone.”
Orchestra director Doug Elmore also had positive things to say about State. “The students performed magnificently,” said Elmore. “They met or exceeded all the key points in the program.”
This year’s state appearance is the orchestra’s 23rd consecutive state appearance, which is a record in Indiana.
Ryan Marksbury, a junior trumpet player in concert band, was a little more critical of the band’s performance at Lawrence Central High School. “I thought we did well, but there’s always room for improvement,” said Marksbury.
Even though the goals for both performing arts groups have been met, both directors and students are busily preparing for next year. Marksbury expressed excitement over being a section leader in the band, while McCaffrey said she is ready to take on the challenge of raising the bar from this year.