A Band for Every Season

It doesn’t take long for new band students and parents to learn that “for every season”… there is a band! In May, as most students are preparing for some time off of school, our New Prairie Marching Cougars are starting to think about the exciting new season in front of them. The band’s season starts in mid-May with the marching band kick-off, where drum majors, section leaders, and most importantly the theme of the new competitive show are all announced.

This year’s competitive program was titled “Beneath the Surface.” This show was inspired by mankind’s struggle with dependence on technology while still trying to connect on a human level, trying to answer the question of whether mankind can overcome technology and interact as human beings.

After the kick-off, the parade season began with the Memorial Day parades. After a brief break from school, in June drum majors Taylor Calkins, Haley DeMartinis, Mia Britton, and the section leaders lead rookie camp for all new freshman and eighth grade marchers.

After performing at Fox Park with the LaPorte municipal band, parade season continues with parade practices and fourth of July parades in Bremen, Michigan City, Walkerton, and LaPorte.

Another brief break until the end of July, and band camp begins. Two weeks of long days and extreme heat on the parking lot blacktop, culminating in the Blue Debut performance and picnic where not only did the Marching Cougars perform some of their competition show but also everyone got to enjoy a very tasty meal prepared by the band parents along with some delicious pulled pork donated by Smitty’s Smokin’ BBQ.

With all of this, plus New Carlisle’s Hometown Days, our band kids don’t have much summer, but they work hard every day to proudly represent our school.

Competition season includes invitationals at Goshen, Concord, Penn, and Elkhart Memorial, this year ending at Lafayette Jefferson for Open Class B Regional Competition.

The Marching Cougars delivered a great performance at regionals earning them the highest score they have ever received at that level of competition. This is an accomplishment the entire community should be proud of as we were bumped up to a larger harder class this year, competing against much larger schools.

Our kids took this move up in competition as a challenge and proudly rose to the occasion to deliver an awesome season, despite practice and performance problems with weather…both heat and rain...lots of rain! The marching season concluded with the Fall Sampler Concert, and a couple post season football games.

The Marching Cougars would like to send out a huge thank you to the New York Blower Corporation in LaPorte for custom building new timpani carts and auxiliary percussion carts. New York Blower not only fabricated these items for us, but donated all labor and materials to do so.

We are so proud to live in a community where the residents and businesses are so willing to support our kids. The band has now entered their concert season, with their Holiday Concert on December 13th, jazz band tours of the elementary schools, and upcoming solo and ensemble, indoor percussion competition, and basketball pep band.

Stay tuned for upcoming performances and fundraising events, as we are still raising money for new marching uniforms.

Many thanks to everyone that came out to our Mattress Sale and helped make it such a huge success raising that we are planning to have another Mattress Sale toward the end of September 2018!

We also have a GoFundMe page set up for our uniform fund, and we are planning a trivia night March 24, and other events to be announced.

If you would like to know more about New Prairie Bands and our awesome group of kids, or would like to make a donation toward our uniform fund, please contact Patrick Teykl at pteykl@npusc.k12.in.us or Shannon Kelley, New Prairie Band Boosters at sksews4u@gmail.com.

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