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CHS Trojan Guard advances to ISSMA State Finals

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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 21.

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, Harleah Hufstedler.

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 Wroblewski-drill design.

For additional information regarding the CHS Trojan Guard, or any band activity, please contact the CHS Music Department at 983-3730.




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