INDIANAPOLIS – Seven area schools will compete among the best marching bands the state has to offer Saturday.
Some of the groups are regulars at the Indiana State School Music Association state marching band finals while others are returning to the spotlight after a hiatus. The event takes place at Lucas Oil Stadium.
“At this point, everyone should just do what they know how to do and enjoy themselves,” said Terry Fisher, longtime director of the DeKalb Baron Brigade.
The 124-member group is returning to the finals for the 19th time in its history, he said, and will focus on the DeKalb County community in its performance.
The Barons are the only area band competing in Class B.
Other area bands that will compete Saturday are the Concordia Lutheran Marching Cadets, the Homestead Spartan Alliance, the Angola Marching Hornets, the Carroll Charger Pride, the Norwell Marching Knights and the Adams Central Squadron of Sound.
Homestead, led by Director Steve Barber, is returning to the state finals for an astounding 27th consecutive year.
The 291-member band – the largest in its history – took second place last year; in 2011, Homestead won the title.
This year, Homestead’s theme is “The Night Circus,” based on the book about a magical circus. One part will feature a risky gymnastic move and eventually the fans of the circus will join the show.
Homestead will compete in Class A along with Carroll, which is appearing at the state finals for first time since 2006 under a second-year director with previous state titles to his credit.
Director Doug Hassell previously won with Norwell but now is leading the Charger Pride.
The 165-member band tells the story of guardian angels fighting off bad things in our lives. The close of the show is about thanking our guardian angels and is “very powerful and moving,” he said.
Class C has three area bands, including Concordia Lutheran.
Director Dianne Moellering said the theme is “One Mission” and focuses on words that are a Christian mission, such as trust, pray, belief.
She said people will recognize some of the music as a familiar hymn even if they can’t place it exactly.
Concordia was runner-up last year and has been at the finals every year since 2007. It has 73 members.
Norwell’s show, “Roots,” will focus on the growth of an acorn into a mighty tree, which is firmly rooted to weather the storms of life, Director Cory Kelley said.
He is in his second year as director at Norwell, which has been crowned state champion three times in the last 15 years and earned runner-up twice. There are 86 band members.
The Angola Marching Hornets round out Class C with the theme of “Reaching Out.” The band uses the hands from Michelangelo’s “Adam” as symbolism for the piece. The third act of the show shows the hands finally meeting and working together for a common goal, Director Kevin Fogle said.
Angola, with 80 members, made it to the finals last year and is returning for the sixth time with Fogle as director.
Competing in Class D will be Adams Central, led by Director Michael Satterthwaite. Its theme is “Celebrating Innovation.”