By CANDY NEAL
JASPER – More than 20 bands performed at Jerry Brewer Stadium on Saturday as part of the Indiana State School Musical Association Open Class Invitational.
The four dubois county bands participated and they did well.
âWe had a very, very good performance. And the kids felt it too, âsaid Eric Obermeyer, director of Forest Park Marching Rangers. âWhen the students left the field, they were all smiling. You could feel the excitement coming off the pitch, because you knew they knew they were having a really good show.
A total of 24 groups performed at the one-day invitation on Saturday. Performances started at 11 a.m. and ended with the awards ceremony at 7.45 p.m.
The Marching Rangers received a gold note, with accolades for music, visual and overall effect.
âAll of the last week we’ve been playing as a whole close for our show,â Obermeyer said. âAnd usually when we put on something new it doesn’t go so well the first time around. But that was not the case this weekend. They did fantastic.
The group will perform at Central High School in Evansville on Saturday. The Rangers will perform at 3 p.m. (2 p.m. CT). They will train Tuesday and Thursday this week and leave for the competition on Saturday noon.
âI’m feeling great heading into our real competitive season,â said Obermeyer, âwith this performance.â
Jasper’s Marching Wildcats High School received a Gold Rating with outstanding accolades for music, visuals and effects.
âIt was a good, solid race,â said group manager Chad Gayso. “For where we are in the season, I felt really good.”
He noted that there were aspects the group would need to work on and improve on. âThere is definitely a lot, a lot of things that we need to fix and clean up,â he said, âto improve the timing, to fine tune the way we sound and some things visually. But overall, to have it. been this early in the season, I was quite happy with it.
The Marching Wildcats will compete in the regional competition on Saturday at Center Grove High School in Greenwood. They will take the field at 11am, so the group will leave early Saturday morning. âWe’re going first that day, among all the groups that will be there,â Gayso said. They will train this week on Tuesday and Thursday.
While the groups weren’t competing against each other when Jasper was invited, it was a good opportunity for each group to see how well they were doing and what needed improvement. And since it takes place in Dubois County, it gives the local community a chance to hear from their local groups.
âIt’s right here in our backyard, being held here in Jasper,â Gayso said. âSo it’s a good event for us and it brings a lot of people.
âIt’s more like an assessment,â said Lannie Butler, group director for the Southridge High School Marching Raiders, âkind of a practice run to prepare for the regional ones. And being in Jasper, it’s local for us. .
Playing for people you know is always fun, he continued.
“It was fun and exciting to be back there and playing locally.” said the butler. “We have a lot of our relatives, friends and relatives in the area who can come, so that was good.”
The Marching Raiders received a Gold Note with accolades for music, visuals and effects.
âWe felt like we had a pretty good performance overall,â said Butler. âWe struggled with things like everyone else with all the challenges, just trying to get regular practice. There are people here some days, people in quarantine, others have this and that. We all try to make it work as well as possible.
This makes it a little more difficult to work on the finishes of the series.
âWe know we made a lot of changes and tried to finish the show,â he said. “We’re still at this point, which is kind of normal at this time of year, but not that normal because you have different people there all the time.”
Each group was given a spot at Saturday’s invitation, but these are being kept confidential as they are unofficial, Gayso said. This is so the bands get a feel for how they would rank if the show was a real competition.
âWe have a good performance and something we can build on to get into the regional week,â said Butler.
The Marching Raiders will perform in the regional competition at Central High School in Evansville at 1:15 p.m. (12:15 p.m. CT) on Saturday. They have practices scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday and will be performing at Friday night’s soccer game, which is senior night. The Marching Raiders will also have a community show at Raider Field on October 23.
The Marching Jeeps at Northeast Dubois Junior-Senior High School and the Marching Patriots at Heritage Hills High School each received a gold rating. They will perform in the ISSMA School Finals on October 23 at Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis. The Marching Jeeps will perform at 11:25 am; the Marching Patriots will perform at 1:10 p.m.