INDIANAPOLIS —Two of the four local marching bands that competed at state finals at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday finished in the top five out of 10 bands in each class.

Fairfield Marching Pride finished fourth in Class 10, and NorthWood Red Regiment finished fifth in Class C.

In Class B, Northridge Raider Band placed 10th. And in Class A, Concord Marching Minutement took ninth place.

Mykayla Neilson of Fairfield said, “We’re really happy with the fourth-place finish.”

She said that in spite of recent changes — there have been two director changes in the past few years and the band jumped down from class C to Class D — “you can just tell that excellence in the program is still there. We’re really proud of the kids.”

Neilson added, “The show was really special to the program specifically.”

The previous director wrote the show, and the inspiration for the show, “Broken,” was for students who struggled with mental health issues

Neilson didn’t start with the band until August. But they stuck with the show, and the previous director continued to work with the program

“The inspiration for the show really hit home for the kids,” she said. “They were able to emotionally commit in a way that we’re able to see the success that we saw this year.”

Concord director Scott Spradling said, “We were really honored to be amongst the 10 bands that were down there in Class A. I was really proud of (the students.) They worked really hard and showed a lot of effort. The fact that we got to be a part of it is an honor in its own right. For us, any placing on Saturday was icing on the cake in what was a challenging season. We had a great community behind us, and we were really proud to be one of the bands from northern Indiana representing this part of the state.”

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