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Trojan Guard advances to ISSMA Scholastic Finals

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The Trojan Guard Marching Band traveled to Homestead High School, in Ft. Wayne, Ind., this past Saturday to compete with 13 other Northern Indiana bands in the Indiana State School Music Association’s (ISSMA) Scholastic “A” Class State Preliminary competition.

This event marks the first level of statewide competition for the Scholastic “A” and Scholastic “B” Class bands, with two additional competitions taking place simultaneously at central and Southern locations around Indiana. All Indiana bands are adjudicated by a panel of 6 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. Eleven Scholastic “B” bands and 16 Scholastic “A” bands from across the state have earned composite scores high enough to qualify for a Superior, “Gold” division rating. These bands will move on to the ISSMA Scholastic Finals competition held at Lawrence Central high school in Indianapolis on October 26. The two Scholastic Class Champion bands from the Lawrence Central Finals will then perform in exhibition at the Open Class State Finals in Lucas Oil stadium on Saturday, November 2. Immediately following their performances, the two groups will be recognized with an award ceremony honoring their achievements as the ISSMA 2013 Scholastic “A” and “B” Class Champions.

The Trojan Guard put in an excellent performance in Saturday’s competition, one that earned them a place among the 16 Scholastic “A” finalists on October 26. In addition to receiving a Superior “Gold” division rating for their efforts, the group also garnered high enough point totals in each caption to receive the highly coveted “With Distinction” medals in Music Performance, Visual Performance, and the area of General Effect. Upon hearing the results of the competition,

Marc Jackett, father of sophomore percussionist Brandon Jackett, expressed his excitement for the group’s season. “This success was just what the group needed to give them the forward momentum to keep climbing in the competition.”

“This was a great weekend for us because our students have been working hard to maintain an aggressive ‘can do’ approach to a mentally and physically taxing program, and their success this weekend is strong evidence that they really can reach their goals this season if they choose to” said the Director Michael Scheiber.

The Trojan Guard’s 2013 field show, “Cathedrals,” is a musical celebration of the great gothic era architecture using various melodies that have originated in these structures over the last 12 centuries.

There are 80 students in the Trojan Guard, 40 woodwinds and brass player, 15 percussionists, 24 color guard members and one drum major. Members of the 2013 Trojan Guard include:

Kathryn Ausema, Jacob Barnes, Mariah Bement, Trey Bonnema, Teagan Bowen, Diva Bridegroom, Sariah Brimberry, Zach Caprous, Emily Cernick, Belle Chandler, Nick DeHenes, Naomi Draus, Justice Eiden, Annabelle Engel, Jacob Espinoza, Riley Franklin, Sailor Franklin, Annie Friday, Alexis Gaines, Izabelle Galvin Ellis, Alysa Garriott, Amanda Gillespie, Betsy Goysich, Arianna Hall, Seth Halpin, Matt Hampton, Hayley Hardesty, James Hawley, Alli Henry, Hailey Hickey, Loren Hodgkiss, Rowan Holsen, Amanda Isbister, Brandon Jackett, Samantha Johnson, Curtis Jones, Jack Jones, Olivia Kaiser, Henry Keller, David Kosakowski, Austin Krafft, Sam Kravitz, Brittney Kress, Michael Lipinski, Nicole Luberski, Shania Lubarski, Jackson Lucken, Bobby Maletta, Hannah Maluvac, Skylar McElheny, Taylor McElheny, Emily Mellin, Nathan McCall, Elissa McNicholas, Allie Ordziejewski, Spencer Ostrega, Fred Owens, Joel Peterson, Nathan Poczekay, Robert Rosenau, Zach Royko, Hayley Sabol, Joe Sabol, Kylie Sabol, Natalie Stemler, Colin St.Mary, Laura Stepanovich, Garrett Swanson, Brittany Tanner, Damien Thomas, Madison Thorne, Valerie Valerio, Abi Vallangeon, Alexi Vander Vinne, Zoe Vander Vinne, Alissa VanNoorte, Jaynellen Waelde, Sydney Walker, and Abby Wright.

The Drum Major for the Trojan Guard is Erin McNicholas.

The Trojan Guard is under the direction of Michael Scheiber with assistance by Vincent Arizzi. Additional staff includes Lisa Scheiber, Color Guard director and Jeff Wroblewski, Drill Design. For additional information regarding the Trojan Guard or any band activity, please contact the CHS Music Department at 983-3730.

Volunteers needed for Oct. 19 ISSMA Regional

The CHS Music Department and the Band Boosters are currently looking for alumni and parents of alumni to assist with the hosting of our ISSMA Regional at C.H.S. on Saturday, October 19. Some 26 Class “A” and class “C” bands are scheduled to compete throughout the day and a great deal of help is needed to make this event a success.

“This is a wonderful time for alumni to get involved again and to remember the days when this organization helped to shape their lives. If they can pour soft drinks, park a car, make change, put a hotdog on a bun, or guide a band, their help in supporting the members of today’s Trojan Guard is needed, and it will be greatly appreciated,” said Scheiber. Individuals interested in assisting with the Regional are strongly urged to contact the CHS Band Booster Chairman Kris Engel at 219-764-4480 at their earliest possible convenience. Or contact the CHS Music Dept. at 983-3730 ext. 7172.


Posted 10/14/2013