The Chesterton High
School Trojan Guard Marching Band brought home the title of the Indiana
State School Music Association’s (ISSMA) 2015 Scholastic Class “A” State
Champion this past weekend. This event was hosted by Lawrence Central High
School of Indianapolis on behalf of ISSMA Inc.
October 10, three high schools including one from each the Northern,
Central, and the Southern regions of Indiana, hosted the Scholastic Class
Preliminary competitions across the state. The results of these competitions
determined which scholastic class bands qualified to move on to their State
Finals. A total of 13 bands made it through these preliminary events, giving
them the chance to compete head-to-head at the ISSMA State Scholastic
“This season has
been a struggle for our kids, the production is more physically and
musically demanding then those of recent years, and it’s taken most of the
fall for the team to grow into it,” said Trojan Guard Director Mike Scheiber.
“The subject matter of this show is something that every American can relate
to. It helped our success early on, but it was the kids’ inability to back
down from the challenges of the show that made them successful this
weekend,” Scheiber said.
Just as they did
after winning their last State Championship in 2013, the band entered
Chesterton late Saturday night behind the lights and sirens of two local
police vehicles that met the group at the edge of town, and escorted them to
the high school with horns blaring. Scores of Trojan Guard relatives,
friends, and alumni were waiting to welcome the band with signs waving, and
even more horns honking.
As the Scholastic
“A” Class Champions, the group will perform in Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil
Stadium on Saturday, November 7, as part of the ‘Open Class’ State Finals.
Immediately after their performance, the members of the Trojan Guard will
take part in an awards ceremony designed to recognize them as the new ISSMA
Scholastic Class “A” State Champions.
Entitled: “A Brave
New World”, this year’s Trojan Guard field show is an artistic
representation of a simpler time in America’s past, the trials that
currently test us, and a celebration of the American Spirit and the bright
days that undoubtedly lie ahead for the Land of the Free, and the Home of
the Brave. The four movement production features adaptations of two
well-known concert pieces including: ‘American Faces’ written by David
Holsinger for the concert band, and ‘Casus Belli’ composed by Andrew Boysen
Jr. for the symphony orchestra. Additional material includes arrangements of
‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ originally composed for the pop/rock
band of the 80’s known as “Tears for Fears,” and later adapted as part of
the music score for the Lions Gate Entertainment movie release of “The
Hunger Games.” The Trojan Guard closes their production with a flag waving
original composition by composer Key Poulan entitled “Let Freedom Ring”.
The 95 students in
the Trojan Guard include Amera Abuhakmeh, Victoria Adams, Keyon Allen,
Bianca Alvarez, Hailey Ayala, Mariah Bement, Abby Billings, Kris Bodie,
Brian Bolin, Trey Bonnema, Sariah Brimberry, Aaron Brookhouse, Katie Budzius,
Andrew Cernick, Emily Cernick, Belle Chandler, Madison Comfort, Mercedes
Cooper, Dakota Cummins, Nick Dericco, Tristan Dooley, Naomi Draus, Annabelle
Engel, Dani Else, Jacob Espinoza, Laura Estridge, Victoria Evans, Andrew
Figg, Riley Franklin, Sailor Franklin, Toby Franklin, Jessica Fuller,
Izabelle Galvin-Ellis, David Gerth, Anthony Hampton, James Hawley, Ally
Henry, Nathan Herr, Hailey Hickey, David Hodgkiss, Loren Hodgkiss, Mark
Hodgkiss, Brandon Jackett, Curtis Jones, Hollie Jones, Jack Jones, Holly
Kittredge, David Kosakowski, Nate Kravitz, Anthony Langley, Olivia Lee,
Shania Lubarski, Jackson Lucken, Hannah Maluvac, Madison McCall, Nathan
McCall, Shaye McCarthy, Reagan McCoy, Taylor McElheny, Clare McNicholas,
Elissa McNicholas, Abby Morris, Kaylee Mullins, Madison Muszynski, Violet
Needham, Eli Ontiveros, Spencer Ostrega, Fred Owens, Bryan Pamintuan, Joel
Peterson, Nathan Poczekay, Nolan Poczekay, Jocelyn Rattray, Lysette Rattray,
Dylan Rodriguez, Zach Royko, Samantha Runions, Joe Sabol, Kylie Sabol,
Sydney Sarver, Delaney Schavey, Danny Schmiegel, Chris Sexton, Ashley
Shideler, Emily Soblotne, Colin St. Mary, Natalie Stemler, Ayssa Thompson,
Hunter Torres, Alissa VanNoort, Jacob Weitzel, Brooke Wilson, Harley Wines,
Jacob Winland. The student prop crew for the Trojan Guard includes Kelsey
Bolton, Kaitlyn Brueggert, Madison Figg, Ryan Herr, Liam Oberlander and
The drum major for
the Trojan Guard is Diva Bridegroom.
The Trojan Guard is
under the direction of Michael Scheiber with assistance from Vincent Arizzi.
Additional staff includes Lisa Scheiber as Color Guard director and Jeff
Wroblewski as drill designer.
information regarding the Trojan Guard or any band activity, please contact
the CHS Music Department at 983-3730.