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Trojan Guard advances to ISSMA State Finals

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 The Trojan Guard Marching Band competed with 16 other Northern Indiana bands in the Indiana State School Music Association’s (ISSMA) Scholastic 'A' Class State Preliminary competition this past Saturday at Homestead High School in Ft. Wayne, IN.

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 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 only 16 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 level of competition. These bands will compete at the ISSMA Scholastic Finals competition held at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis on Oct. 22. 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, Oct. 29. Immediately following their performances, the two groups will be recognized with an award ceremony honoring their achievements as the ISSMA 2016 Scholastic Class State Champions.

The Trojan Guard’s 2016 Production is entitled “Tangled” and contains music inspired by the themes of J.S. Bach. The production consists of a four movement musical score including Mvmt. I-Twisted Minuet, Mvmt. II-Neo-Toccata, Mvmt. III-Modern Ayre, and Mvmt. IV-Fugue Fantasia.

The next competition for the Trojan Guard will be Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Indiana State School Music Associations Scholastic State Championship hosted by Lawrence Central High School. The next local performance by the band will be at the CHS football pre-game and half-time festivities this Friday, October 14 against Merrillville High School.

The 93 students in the Trojan Guard include Amera Abuhakmeh, Victoria Adams, Keyon Allen, Bianca Alvarez, Hailey Ayala, Abby Billings, Kris Bodie, Kelsey Bolton, Aaron Brookhouse, Kaitlyn Brueggert, Katie Budzius, Colin Campbell, Olivia Cappos, Andrew Cernick, Alyssa Cole, Madison Comfort, Mercedes Cooper, Adam Davis, Gavin Dooley, Tristan Dooley, Naomi Draus, Dani Else, Annabelle Engel, Laura Estridge, Garrett Fairbanks, Andrew Figg, Sailor Franklin, Toby Franklin, Emmie Fredrickson, Jessica Fuller, Izabelle Galvin-Ellis, David Gerth, Josh Guzek, Anthony Hampton, James Hawley, Ally Henry, Nathan Herr, Ryan Herr, David Hodgkiss, Mark Hodgkiss, Henry Hoham, Harleah Hufstedler, Hollie Jones, Jack Jones, David Kosakowski, Sadie Kidd, Conner Kilander, Holly Kittredge, Carlie Kocoj, Nate Kravitz, Zachary Lane, Anthony Langley, Olivia Lee, Abbey Leffert, Hannah Maluvac, Madison McCall, Shaye McCarthy, Reagan McCoy, Aidan McNicholas, Clare McNicholas, Elissa McNicholas, Jackie Moehl, Abby Morris, Kaylee Mullins, Holly Muszynski, Madison Muszynski, Violet Needham, Liam Oberlander, Mary Oberlander, Eli Ontiveros, Abby Palmer, Bryan Pamintuan, Nolan Poczekay, Regan Kistner, Dylan Rodriguez, Samantha Runions, Kylie Sabol, Sydney Sarver, Delaney Schavey, Alec Schmidt, Chris Sexton, Ashley Shideler, Brett Sivadon, Savannah Sivadon, Ayssa Thompson, Hunter Torres, Alissa VanNoort, Shayne Wassell, Jacob Weitzel, Brooke Wilson, Harley Wines and Jacob Winland. The Drum Major for the Trojan Guard is Trey Bonnema.

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.

In addition to the parent support of their current membership, the CHS Music Department and the CHS Band Boosters are currently looking for alumni and parents of alumni to assist with hosting the ISSMA Regional at CHS on Saturday, Oct. 15. A total of 24 bands from Class “B” and class “D” 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,” said Michael Scheiber, the group’s director. “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.”

Those interested in assisting with the Regional are strongly urged to contact the CHS Band Booster Events Chair Alison Williams at 219-309-3038 as soon as possible. For additional information regarding the Trojan Guard, or any band activity, please contact the CHS Music Department at 983-3730. Volunteers may also contact the CHS Music Dept. at 983-3730 ext. 7172.




Posted 10/10/2016




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