Hitting the right notes: Woodmen, Trojans snag top 5 finishes


The Center Grove marching band performs in the Class A ISSMA State Marching Band Finals Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

They practiced for more than an hour in the cold and sleet, hours before competing for a state title.

Members of bands from Greenwood and Center Grove spent their week polishing every move, every note and every angle on their show to get everything just right.

Directors and students from both marching bands said each gave their best performance at state finals.

And both bands snagged a top five finish at the Indiana State School Music Association Finals at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday. Greenwood’s Marching Woodmen earned third place in Class B. The Marching Trojans of Center Grove High School earned fourth place in Class A.

Forty bands from all across Indiana vied for a state title, with 10 bands in each of four classes determined by school size. Bands had to be among several bands to earn gold ratings at district, regional and semi-state competition to earn a berth to state.

Each judge is different, so, a third place finish for Greenwood was great, since the band performed the way they wanted to, said Logan Fox, a senior snare drum player.

“It is such a subjective activity, there can’t be any hard feelings,” Fox said. “Obviously you want to get first, but if you go out there and do the best run you’ve had all season, it doesn’t really matter.”

Greenwood was edged out of the top by schools in Jasper and Goshen. Center Grove finished behind schools from Avon, Carmel and Fort Wayne.

The Marching Trojans spent the week polishing and changing their show and they placed higher than bands that they hadn’t been able to out-score all season, said Nilofer Rajpurkar, a Center Grove drum major.

Class A had tough competition and Indiana as a whole has great marching bands, so a finish in the top five is something to be proud of, she said.

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