Busy Band Buzz: IPA Finals


The New Prairie Indoor Percussion group delivered an awesome performance at the Indiana Percussion Association (IPA) Scholastic B State Finals. After a very successful season of competition at Pendelton Heights High School, New Palestine High School, Ben Davis High School, and state prelims at Greenfield Central High School, the beat of the drums and the “sound of Cougar pride” achieved an eighth place ranking and secured a spot in the state finals. Due to poor weather, the Scholastic B State Finals originally scheduled for March 24 at Avon High School were cancelled. IPA then rescheduled the event for April 7 at Terre Haute South Vigo High School. Our dedicated kids chose to give up part of their spring break for a couple of practices and a trip to Terre Haute to finish out their break. Delivering their best performance of the season, and achieving their highest ever score of 81.2, New Prairie Indoor Percussion finished their season strong finishing sixth place at IPA State Finals! Only in their second year of competition, these kids’ hard work, dedication, and commitment has resulted in a program growing, improving, and getting results. We are so proud of these kids!

We would also like to send out a huge thank you to Director Mr. Daniel Weinberg and technicians Patrick Andrews, Tre’von James, Jachob Tillmann, and Josh Varab. New Prairie is very fortunate to have such encouraging and such positive role models for our kids.

No matter where our band program goes, our New Prairie community is proudly represented. We are so fortunate to have a school system and live in a community that supports the arts in our schools.

Please keep informed of upcoming events to raise money for our new marching band uniforms. We are still seeking corporate sponsors. If you would like to help, or know someone who would, please contact Patrick Teykl at 574-654-7271 ext. 70404 or pteykl@npusc.k12.in.us or find us on gofundme. Mark your calendars, we will be hosting “Jazz in the Park” at Memorial Park in New Carlisle on May 19.

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