There was plenty of talent on the field at Pike High School where 20 Class B bands met Saturday afternoon. At the end of the semi-state competition Concord along with New Castle, Plainfield, Greenwood, Floyd Knobs, Dekalb, Plymouth, Northview, Jasper and Munster made the cut for state finals. All season long, Concord director Scott Spradling has contended that this year’s show has been a difficult one to master for the 247-member band. And even though the band had scored at the top of each invitational, the semi-state performance was the one Spradling was waiting for. “From my perspective, which is on the field, I thought it was best show of the year,” he said. “I thought the kids put the most emotional impact into the show. They’re worrying about not making mistakes, and doing the things right, but then they’re trying to get their heart and their mind behind it as well. Tonight was the closest we’ve come putting the two things together.” Drum Major Saris Huneryager was pleased with the performance as well as the weather. “It was definitely the best performance we’ve ever had. I know the band was really excited to go out there and perform because we had fall break this week with hours of practice. So it all built up to be something great,” she said. “We practiced in the snow this week – so this weather was beautiful.” For Northridge High School it was a tough evening. The Raider band performed well all season, scored in the top 10 at ISSMA Regionals and felt their show at semi-state was the best of the season. “Everything we had worked on was sowed up in that performance,” said Band Director Brad Zook. “I’m thrilled with it I thought it was and excellent, excellent job.” As the state finalists were announced however, Northridge found themselves just edged out of the top 10. There were plenty of tears, but senior clarinet player Leah Jennings had a positive perspective. “It was just amazing to be marching on a semi-state field,” she said. “Everyone did their very best and it just a fantastic show. It was all I could have asked for.” Elkhart Central, who also fared well at regional competition, will not move on to the state finals.