Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Opinion

November 7, 2012

Goshen High School's Crimson marching band makes us proud

GOSHEN — On Saturday the Goshen High School Crimson Marching Band gave an outstanding performance of its show “Musica d’Organo” with musical selections “Coronation te Deum” by Sir William Walton, “Adagio for Strings and Organ” by Tomaso Albinoini and “Symphony No. 3 ‘Organ Symphony’” by Camille Saint-Saens.

The quality of that performance — under the direction of drum majors Lauren Detweiler, Jaron Kaufman, Alex Pobocik and Karis Neufield — on the floor of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis by 176 Goshen High School students earned the school a runner-up finish in Class B of the Indiana State School Music Association marching band state finals.

Bravo to each member of the Goshen Crimson Band and their families. The Goshen News is extremely proud of each of you, as well as GHS Band Director Tom Cox and his assistants Randy Grewell, Matt James, Takesha Stoll, Derrick Shannon, Mike Anderson, Becca Sullens, Adam Shull, Caryn Reynolds, Max Johnson, Charlie Westra, Dusty Coleman and Lauren Coleman.

It is amazing to us how strong our marching band programs have become in Elkhart County. In addition to Goshen, four other Elkhart County bands qualified for Saturday’s state finals. In Class B, Concord (the defending 2011 state champions) placed fifth while Northridge placed sixth. In Class C, NorthWood placed sixth and Fairfield placed seventh. Of the 20 bands to qualify in those two classes, 25 percent of them came from Elkhart County.

This season is the 25th anniversary of Goshen’s first state runner-up finish in 1987. The Crimson Marching Band matched that finish again in 2010. Therefore, twice in the past three years, Goshen has been on the cusp of its first Class B state championship. It is impressive how formidable Goshen’s marching band program has become under Band Director Tom Cox, picking up where former band director Dave Plank and his longtime assistant Max Mault left off. And we have no doubt that a first-place trophy is in Goshen’s near future.

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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