The Busy Band Buzz: Competition!

New Prairie Bands have entered full competition mode for the season.

On February 3, many students traveled to Kankakee Valley Middle School for ISSMA District Solo and Ensemble Contest.

New Prairie had students participating in forty-four events consisting of various solos and ensembles at both group one and group two levels. These are the two highest levels of competition requiring the best performance of the toughest music.

Students are evaluated on tone quality, articulation, note accuracy, rhythmic accuracy, interpretation, dynamics, musicianship, and other performance factors such as poise, posture, and concert decorum. The group one level is the most difficult, with gold medal winners at this level advancing on to state competition.

New Prairie students proudly represented their school and community by achieving twenty-six gold, fifteen silver, and three bronze medals.

Of our many group one events, New Prairie had nineteen solos and five ensembles qualify for ISSMA State Solo and Ensemble Contest.

There were a total of sixteen schools participating at Kankakee Valley Middle School on February 3. New Prairie had more state qualifying group one gold medals than any other school at our district site! We are so proud of all of our band students who continue to work hard and perform well representing our community.

ISSMA State Solo and Ensemble Contest is Saturday February 24 at North Central High School in Indianapolis. GOOD LUCK!

The Sound of Cougar Pride is not only being heard at the solo and ensemble level, two New Prairie Bands are traveling throughout the state for various competitions.

Both New Prairie Indoor Percussion and Back-up Band have also started their competition seasons. On February 17, Indoor Percussion competed at Pendleton Heights High School, and Back-up Band traveled with the show choirs to Northridge High School. The results of these performances were not available as of press time.

The other competition dates are as follows:

February 24: Back-up band/show choir at Huntington North High School March 3: Back-up band/show choir at North Central High School Indoor Percussion at New Palestine High School March 10: Back-up Band/show choir at Brownsburg High School Indoor Percussion at Ben Davis High School March 17: Back-up band/show choir State Finals Indoor Percussion at Greenfield Central High School (State Prelims) March 24: Indoor Percussion at Avon/Decatur High Schools (State Finals)

Competition season for New Prairie Bands is a very busy time. A huge thank you to all of our students for their hard work, and the parents who get them to practices, provide snacks, support, and help out in countless ways to get everyone through this busy time.

Most of all, thank you to our band director Patrick Teykl who works so hard with our kids and dedicates so much time to our students and our school.

We are close to deciding on a final design for our new uniforms. We have a lot of money to raise yet in order to have these uniforms in time for our large middle school bands to become Marching Cougars.

If you or someone you know would like to donate to the uniform fund, please contact Patrick Teykl at New Prairie High School. Many fundraising opportunities are in the planning phase. Some upcoming events include:

February 28: NPHS Bands Showcase Concert at 6pm CST March 6: NPMS March Concert at 6pm CST March 7: Solo and Ensemble/Indoor Percussion Recital Concert at 6pm CST March 24: New Prairie Band Boosters Second Annual Trivia Night at 5:30 pm CST, Monroe’s Crossing (reserve your tables now 574-654-7271 ext 70404 or

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