For the Goshen High School Crimson Marching Band, Saturday marked a first in more ways than one.
The Goshen band notched a first-place win in Class A competition at the Concord Invitational at Jake Field. Judges also deemed the Crimson Marching Band worthy of Best Music, Best Visual and Best General Effect for its show, this year dubbed “Jacob’s Ladder.”
GHS band director Tom Cox pointed out that it was the first time the Goshen group scored a win at the Concord Invitational competing in Class A.
“We made history,” he said Saturday night.
Goshen drum major Annika Bontrager also sounded upbeat after the win.
“It’s different for different people,” she said. “Because some kids think it went really well and then other people thought that it wasn’t so great. But I guess by judging (based on) what we got, I think it was a pretty good performance.”
According to Cox, that performance is still a work in progress — but the Goshen group is making progress.
“It’s still dirty,” he said of the show. “But we’re adding more (to the performance) every week and I’m happy with where we are.”
Strong Fairfield showing
Goshen’s band wasn’t the only one scoring a win at Saturday’s invitational. The Fairfield Marching Pride earned a first-place ranking in Class C competition, along with Best Music and Best General Effect for its “Hitchcock” show.
Fairfield Marching Pride field commander Kyle Johns, a sophomore, indicated the band had a really good practice week leading up to the invitational, with no setbacks.
“(The show) just improved, and I hope we can keep improving throughout the season,” he said.
In Class B competition, the Northridge High School Raider Marching Band earned a second-place ranking Saturday behind Munster for its show, titled “Absolute Power.”
“I’m really proud of the kids, and how they were able to bring out all the things we worked on this past week” associate band director Bryce Cone said after the Northridge group left the field. “So hopefully the judges will see the improvements that we made, and hopefully they’ll give us some other things we can do to make ourselves even better.”
Cone viewed Saturday’s show as a step up for Northridge after the Goshen invitational the previous week.
“Everything that the judges didn’t like about the show we changed and we fixed and we tweaked,” he said. “And it’s definitely a better show than it was last week, so I think the audience agreed, too, that it was a better show.”