The Busy Band Buzz: Results

As we continue through our busy competition season we can see that all of our kids’ hard work is paying off. In the first two weeks of show choir competition, our back-up band has been presented with best back-up band awards, as well as best brass, best woodwinds, best bass guitar, best rhythm guitars, and best keyboards at the competition on February 24.

Our choirs are also doing well at competition receiving various awards at this competition as well. This is a good example of our entire music program, band and choir, working together to proudly represent our school. Congratulations and good luck for the rest of the season!

Our Indoor Percussion group performed for the first time at Pendleton Heights High School on February 17. New Prairie Bands are only in their second season of having a competitive group for the winter season with the Indiana Percussion Association (IPA).

In the debut competition of their second season, the booming “Sound of Cougar Pride” delivered an outstanding performance.

With four schools in our class, New Prairie placed second with an incredible score. We were only five hundredths (.05) of a point behind the first place school, Angola. Not only were our kids right on the heels of the first place group, we were four points ahead the third place group. What an awesome start to the second season for New Prairie Indoor Percussion.

This group consists of seventeen high school band members, and four eighth grade members from the middle school band. Of these twenty-one percussion ensemble members, ten are percussionists and eleven are wind players of various instruments in the other bands which they are involved.

This group is headed up by our middle school band director Daniel Weinberg, with assistance from technicians Patrick Andrews, Tre’von James, Josh Varab, and Jachob Tillmann. Congratulations and good luck for the rest of season!

Also, February 24 was ISSMA Solo and Ensemble contest in Indianapolis at North Central High School. New Prairie Bands were also very well represented at this level of competition.

Our school had eighteen students perform solos, and five ensembles. Of these events, our soloists achieved four gold awards with distinction, ten gold awards, and four silver awards. Of the ensembles, the trumpet choir received a gold award with distinction (Kevin Blanchard, Levi Britton, Allison Doorn, Melissa Humbarger, Ricardo Jiminez, Dylan Liggett, Raul Mejia Palma), flute choir gold award (Olivia Adnson, Taylor Caulkins, Lily Carmel, Haley DeMartinis, Damyen Hockman, Rachel Humbarger, Tanisha Jiminez, Elaina Kobitz), percussion ensemble gold award (Sage Kluge, Tyler Ryder, Jacob Sherrick), piccolo trio silver (Rachel Humbarger, Tanisha Jiminez, Elaina Kobitz), and woodwind ensemble silver award (Lily Carmel, Ella Jasnieski, Brent Newcomb, Elaura Todorow). Our gold with distinction soloists were: Sage Kluge (marimba), George Long III (trombone), Seth Schwager marching snare), and Jacob Sherrick (marching snare).

Gold soloists were: Mia Britton (alto sax), Levi Britton (trumpet), Lily Carmel (clarinet), Ella Jasnieski (clarinet), Ricardo Jiminez (trumpet), Dylan Liggett (trumpet), George Long III (euphonium), Raul Mejia Palma (trumpet), Hannah Nelson (French horn), and Colin Syverson (concert snare).

Silver soloists were: Taylor Caulkins (tenor sax), Rachel Humbarger (flute), Josue Mejia Palma (alto sax), and Hannah Nelson (alto horn).

Jacob Lowman received a perfect score on his group one marching tenor drums solo at district solo and ensemble, but was unable to participate in the state contest due to a timing conflict with back-up band/show choir.

Congratulations to all of our solo and ensemble participants who proudly represented the Sound of Cougar Pride.

Trivia Night Fundraiser Also a reminder that New Prairie Band Boosters will be holding our second annual Trivia Night at Monroe’s Crossing on March 24 at 5:30 school time.

This year is a battle of the bands theme. Each team is invited to dress as their favorite band/music group/musician (optional).

Once again our director Patrick Teykl will be the master of ceremonies. Please join us for an evening of trivia and fun. We will also have a variety of awesome silent auction items so come out and support the Sound of Cougar Pride.

Contact Mr. Patrick Teykl for tickets at 574-654-7271 ext.70404 or

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