The Marching Pride of Fairfield with their show, ‘Everyone Has a Dark Side’ plays in the middle of the Class C line up in Indianapolis.
Fairfield placed seventh at ISSMA state finals last year.
NorthWood (Class C)
Tuesday evening found the NorthWood marching band making a small visual change to their program, “Tenebris Nocte” (The Dark Night).
“It’s just something we think will add a little spark to the program,” said Band Director Eric Criss. “The kids are doing a lot of fine tuning and polishing right now.”
Criss knows that the judging can vary greatly from week to week, but takes their comments in stride.
“You listen to all their comments and you look for themes,” he said. “If different judges are saying the same thing, you should take a closer look. If one says ‘A’ and the other says ‘B’ — well as a director you just have to go with what you believe. You just follow your gut.”
Last year was the first time The Red Regiment made it to state finals in four years.
“Of course the kids are very happy to head to state again,” Criss said. “But they are not quite so nervous because it’s no longer the unknown. They know what’s coming and how to prepare.”
Criss feels like the show’s music will translate well from the outdoors to the indoor venue and is also pleased with NorthWood’s position as the last band to compete in Class C.
“I’d rather be last than first,” Criss said. “One simple reason is that the band that performs later usually has a larger audience to play for. And I think that gets the kids a little more excited and gives them a little more energy.”
The Red Regiment placed sixth at ISSMA state finals in 2012.