By JENNIFER MEIER
GOSHEN — It’s about as far away from summer band camp as it can get.
The temperatures have dropped dramatically. Band members have gone from trying out new steps to perfecting movements that are now second nature. It’s no longer about learning new music, but putting the finishing touches on well-rehearsed numbers.
Four Elkhart County marching bands are moving from outside competition on high school football fields to the well-manicured turf inside the Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday for ISSMA state finals.
Goshen (Class A)
For the Goshen High School marching band the week leading up to the final performance didn’t look much different from the past several weeks.
“It’s nothing special. We are continuing to do what we’ve done all season — get better,” said Band Director Tom Cox. “I like to steal a phrase I have seen before that goes, ‘There is no finish line.’ We just want to be the best we can and enjoy the moment.”
That’s not to say that Cox and the other directors don’t have plenty of advice and direction for the students when it comes to their show, ‘Jacob’s Ladder’.
“The final week is about the last few details ... crescendo to the release, give us five percent more on that crescendo, snap those horns up, square off that corner, watch your interval.” Cox said.
Some of the advice is a bit more general.
“I tell them to be the best they can be and not to worry about anyone else,” he said. “And of course I tell the seniors to enjoy this because it’s their last state finals performance ever.”
The Crimson Marchers play seventh in the lineup, just after perenial state and national power, Avon. Cox is pleased with the position.