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October 31, 2013

THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK

Goshen, Concord, Fairfield and NorthWood will be shooting for glory Saturday in Indy

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“I like it,” Cox said. “Performing after one of the best marching bands in the nation will give us a chance to compare with the best. We have many good friends at Avon and look forward to seeing them.”

Goshen placed second last year at the ISSMA state finals in Class B. The last time the band performed in Class A, they placed ninth.

Concord (Class B)

Concord Marching Band Director Scott Spradling, his staff and students are reaching toward a higher level of performance.

“Reflecting on our performance last Saturday (semi-state), we agreed that we have a better show in us,” Spradling said. “We thought it was our best show of the year, but not the best we can perform.”

The week before state finals was spent rehearsing, and sorting through and refining various points in the show.

“We have moments in the show that are still lacking complete precision and emotional support. We are working to raise the student’s confidence level so they can take it to the next level of emotional connection,” Spradling said. “This show has a high dramatic quality that is not always easy to bring out of 14 to 18 year old kids.”

The Marching Minutemen had to work together closely to work out the details of a show that Spradling has described throughout the season as ‘very difficult.’

“The students had to give their best everyday. They had to learn the show quickly and deliberately, developing positive relationships within the group,” Spradling said. “Our senior class had to help mold our younger students into motivated caring individuals. Our show, ‘RISE-The Revolution Within’ not only provided us with the environment where our excellent staff could utilize their amazing skills, but also provide us with a vehicle to reach all of those other pursuits.”

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