New Prairie Indoor Percussion Ensemble Completes Debut Season

The Sound of Cougar Pride is being heard throughout the state. For the first time, New Prairie High School band department formed an indoor percussion ensemble and has been competing since February 11.

The group of eighteen band students was led by the middle school band director, Daniel Weinberg, and assisted by percussion techs Andrew Morris and Ian Stowall.

The Indiana Percussion Association (IPA) holds competitions featuring smaller marching ensembles performing in high school gymnasiums.

This gave some of our band students an opportunity to step up into leadership roles. It also gave some of our woodwind and brass players to expand their abilities by learning percussion instruments.

The competitive show was inspired by a New Zealand tribal battle.

The music and marching drill for this show was written by our tech Ian Stowall.

New Prairie competed at invitationals at New Palestine High School and Ben Davis High School in February and March.

Their season concluded March 18 at Avon High School for the IPA State Prelims.

The top ten groups from this competition competed again in the evening for the IPA State Finals.

New Prairie Indoor Percussion achieved their highest score of the season at the prelims, and placed 11th out of 16. They had their best performance ever, and were very close to making the finals. For their first year, they have come so far and should be so proud! Even in the wintertime our students have found an opportunity to “play loud and march proud!"

The New Prairie Indoor Percussion Ensemble consisted of: Bass Line: Taylor Calkins, Tyler Ryder, Melinda Jack, and Haley DeMartinis. Snares: Dani Woodcox and Jacob “Sharkbait” Sherrick. Tenors: Jacob Lowman and Dylan Ligget. Cymbals: Elizabeth Wilkenson-Heddington and Mia Britton. Front Ensemble: Sage Kluge, Alyssa Woodcox, Colin Syverson, Jordan Jongkind, and Julia Kelley. Visuals: Laurel Blankenship, Violetta Mendez, and Kaitlyn Kujawa

Band Boosters Jazz Dinner New Prairie Band Boosters will be having a jazz dinner at Monroe’s Crossing in Hudson Lake on April 22 at 6:00pm. Proceeds from this event will be used for the purchase of new marching band uniforms.

The doors will open at 5:30, and dinner will be served at 6:00. Entertainment for the evening will include live music performed by the New Prairie Middle School Jazz Band, New Prairie High School Jazz Band, and New Carlisle’s very own Down By The Dock.

Tickets are $30 each and must be purchased in advance. Dinner will include roast beef or chicken, potatoes, noodles, and vegetable.

To purchase tickets, please contact Patrick Teykl at 574-654-7271 ext.70404,, or Shannon Kelley at 574-220-3299,

Trivia Night Success The New Prairie Band Boosters first fundraising effort toward new band uniforms was a success. We would like to thank all of the players who came to display their knowledge, and all the bidders who helped make the silent auction a success. We would also like to thank our very gracious and generous host Monroe’s Crossing, and especially all of the businesses which donated items or gift certificates to make our auction so spectacular.

Our auction items were donated by: Roxy Music, Carlisle Coffee and Sweets, Monroe’s Crossing, Zahl’s Elevator and Feed Mill, The Village Florist, Feeney’s Hometown Goods, Thode Floral, Miller’s Home Café, Generations Salon, Sullivan Palatek, GreenMark Equipment, Bane-Welker Equipment, Captain Ed’s Furniture Showroom and Candy Island, Andy’s Furniture, Tractor Supply Company, Fastenal, American Licorice, Lindt Chocolate, Charles Mares True Value Hardware, Fenker’s Home Furnishings and Gifts, Buffalo Wild Wings, the Carmel family, the Tuholski family, the Newcomb family, the Adnson family, the Humbarger family, the Syverson family, the Loza family, the Heisman family, the Kobitz family, the Kelley family, Schlimpert family, the Kluge Family, Suzee Bochantin, Arlene Hochstletler, and Mrs. Stafford. Thank you all for your generosity in helping us reach toward our goal!

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