Goshen News, Goshen, IN

November 2, 2012

Our local bands are on a march to greatness

— It was the type of news The Goshen News enjoys spreading.

The top-of-the-fold headline on the front page of Sunday’s paper summed up the story: “Five bands going to state contest.” The article was an account of the previous day’s Class B and Class C semistate high school marching band competition.

News correspondent Jennifer Meier reported that all five bands from the Goshen area qualified for state-level competition. The Goshen, Concord and Northridge bands finished in the top 10 in Class B competition at Pike High School. The Fairfield and NorthWood crews were top-10 finishers in the Class C contest at Decatur Central High School.

On Saturday, all five bands will take part in state-level competition at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. They’ve earned the right to be there, thanks to a marching season’s worth of fine-tuning and discipline — not to mention the efforts of parents and educators.

Never watched a local marching band in action? In our opinion, you’re missing out.

A marching band performance circa 2012 is a sight to see, and music to our ears. We’re fans of what we’ve seen on the fields of competition. By and large our local bands have produced shows that are musically impressive and visually stunning.

The performances are success stories, and they didn’t write themselves.

Credit the efforts of the student musicians and color guard members. They’ve put in hours upon hours of rehearsal time getting ready for their time in the contest spotlight. And long after they’ve hung up their band uniforms (certainly) and put away their instruments (possibly) for the last time, they’ll have retained a key lesson. They’ll know that great things can be achieved through hard work.

Thanks, too, goes to the instructors who’ve guided the bands this season. It’s been a long march to success, and educators led the way.

Let’s not forget that a successful band owes much to the parents of band members. Moms, dads and other involved adults have transported pupils to and from practice, driven to the shows and filled the bleachers during contests. In other words, they’ve been wholly committed in their support. We’re glad they, and their kids, call our community home.

To local marching band students and families, we wish the best of luck Saturday in Indianapolis. At the end of the day, not all of you will be ranked No. 1. You’ve still got plenty of reasons to feel proud.