Goshen News, Goshen, IN

September 18, 2011

Goshen, Fairfield marching bands tops in Class B, C

By JENNIFER MEIER
THE GOSHEN NEWS

DUNLAP — The Crimson Marching Band of Goshen High School swept the awards in Class B competition Saturday night the 30th Annual Concord Band Invitational.

“I thought they were great,” said Goshen band director Tom Cox. “You know, the sun in your eyes is a little difficult, but you have to deal with that as a performer.”

Goshen’s band and color guard did just that winning in the “Best Music,” “Best Visual” and “Best General Effect” categories and placing first overall in Class B with their show “The Red Line.”

“I’m just so proud of the kids,” Cox said. “We have about 30 seconds more to add, but I feel really good about it.”

The Marching Mustangs of Munster High School placed second, followed by Marching Raider Band of Northridge High School with a performance titled “Attack of the Class B Movies.”

“It was a huge step up from last week. We made vast improvements visually and musically — and that’s what we’re aiming for,” said assistant band director Bryce Cone.

Northridge Marching band director Brad Zook is looking forward to having more of the show ready for next week’s invitational at Penn High School.

“I thought it was great, very good,” Zook said. “They remembered everything we worked on in rehearsals and put on a good performance.”

John Adams High School placed fourth with its show “Chasing the Hat.”

Wawasee High School placed fifth in Class B competition with “Back to the ’80s.” Band director Ken Bower was concerned with a musician who had passed out during warm-ups and some technical difficulties.

“She ended up doing just fine,” Bower said. “I was real pleased. We seemed to have an electrical problem with the keyboards — so there was a big lull in the ballad. We’ll have to figure that one out. Other than that, I thought they did very well.”

In Class C competition, Fairfield High School took the top honors in “Best Visual” and “Best General Effect” and shared the “Best Music award with John Glenn High School out of Walkerton.

Fairfield’s program, “The Tie That Binds” earned first place in its class and the praises of band director Scott Garner.

“I felt compared to last week we made a lot of progress where we needed to,” Garner said. “We did a lot of new things — so this was a big week for us. I think the kids did good job of executing all that we added.”