The Chesterton High
School Trojan Guard Marching Band competed in the Indiana State School Music
Association (ISSMA) Scholastic Class A Preliminary competition, hosted at
Homestead High School, in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, this past Saturday. This event
marks the first level of statewide competition for the Scholastic A and B
Class bands, with two additional competitions taking place simultaneously at
central and southern locations around Indiana.
While the predicted
thunderstorms held off throughout most of the day, the Trojan Guard was met
with 30+ mile-per-hour winds during their performance which blew over the
group’s backdrops, removed helmets from the student’s heads, and caused the
Color Guard to water down their equipment work by avoiding tosses that could
be dangerous in the high winds. Despite the weather conditions, the band was
able to put in a performance that numerically earned them a “Gold” division
rating, and the opportunity to advance to the ISSMA Scholastic Finals held
at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis on October 21, at 5:56 pm.
EST (4:56 CST).
All Indiana bands
are judged by a panel of six national caliber judges in the areas of
Individual Music Performance, Ensemble Music Performance, Music Effect,
Individual Visual Performance, Ensemble Visual Performance, and Overall
Visual Effect. This year, 17 Scholastic “A” bands from across the state have
earned composite scores high enough to qualify for a Superior, “Gold”
division rating and advancement to the State Finals competition on October
The champion bands
from both the “A” and “B” classes will then perform in exhibition at the
Open Class State Finals in Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, November 4.
Immediately following their performances, the two groups will be recognized
with an award ceremony honoring their achievements as the ISSMA 2017
Scholastic Class State Champions.
This year’s Trojan
Guard 2017 competitive show theme revolves around the exhilaration and
triumphs of mountain climbing entitled, “Bridges to the Gods.” The
production consists of a four-movement musical score that includes Mvmt. I -
“The First Climb;” Mvmt. II-- “Rest at High Camp;” Mvmt. III - “Cornice,
Cravasse, and Avalanche;” and Mvmt. IV- “To the Summit!”
The 2017-18 Trojan
Guard members are Amera Abuhakmeh, Victoria Adams, Keyon Allen, Bianca
Alvarez, Hailey Ayala, Hallie Beebe, Abby Billings, Kris Bodie, Kelsey
Bolton, Ethan Botts, Aaron Brookhouse, J.D. Browning, Holly Brueggert,
Kaitlyn Brueggert, Colin Campbell, Olivia Cappos, Andrew Cernick, Alyssa
Cole, Mercedes Cooper, Adam Davis, Gavin Dooley, Tristan Dooley, Chloe Eash,
Dani Else, Andrew Engel, Hannah Estridge, Laura Estridge, Garrett Fairbanks,
Andrew Figg, Sailor Franklin, Emmie Fredrickson, Caden French, Jessica
Fuller, David Gerth, Josh Guzek, Lori Ann Hamil, Anthony Hampton, Danny
Herr, Nathan Herr, Ryan Herr, David Hodgkiss, Mark Hodgkiss, Henry Hoham,
Also, Sadie Kidd,
Conner Kilander, Regan Kistner, Holly Kittredge, Carlie Kocoj, Megan Koster,
Nate Kravitz, Anthony Langley, Olivia Lee, Abbey Leffert, Olivia Lopez,
Anastasia Loving, Shaye McCarthy, Reagan McCoy, Clare McNicholas, Allena
Mercks, Anthony Miskus, Jackie Moehl, Holly Muszynski, Lucy Novreske, Simone
Nunez, Mary Oberlander, Eli Ontiveros, Abby Palmer, Bryan Pamintuan, Nolan
Poczekay, Jocelynn Ponce, Dylan Rodriguez, Samantha Runions, Ben Rutkowski,
Sydney Sarver, Delaney Schavey, Alec Schmidt, Roxanne Schwab, Chris Sexton,
Carly Sparacio, Evan Sprang, Taryea Terry, Alyssa Thompson, Hunter Torres,
Cody Tretter, Lily Vaughn, Morgan Virden, Shayne Wassell, Jacob Weitzel,
Brooke Wilson, Jacob Winland and Drum Major Violet Needham.
The Trojan Guard is
under the direction of Michael Scheiber, with assistance by Vincent Arizzi.
Additional staff includes Lisa Scheiber-color guard director, Kylene
Mitchell-color guard assistant, Matt Christensen-marching tech, and Jeff
information regarding the CHS Trojan Guard, or any band activity, please
contact the CHS Music Department at 983-3730.