Busy Band Buzz: Jazz in the Park

On Saturday, May 19, New Prairie Bands will be hosting a jazz concert in Memorial Park.

This fun, music filled afternoon will feature the New Prairie Middle School Jazz Band, New Prairie High School Jazz Band, and special guest Down By the Dock.

New Prairie Band Boosters will be selling spirit wear and concessions. Refreshments will include, but not limited to, pulled pork provided by Smitty’s Smokin’ Barbecue.

We will also be accepting donations to go toward the purchase of our new marching band uniforms. We will need these uniforms for the 2019-20 school year.

That year our first large sixth grade band class (now seventh graders) will be freshmen. As of now, those kids don’t have uniforms to wear.

As our band numbers at the middle school level have exploded in recent years, our stock of marching uniforms (approximately fifteen years old) has remained the same and will not dress our growing band of the future. The thumb rule is to have twice as many uniforms as students, in order to have the correct sizes to fit the various kids you have at any one time. At approximately $400 per uniform, and the anticipation of a band of 160-180 in a few years, raising the funds for this purchase is a great undertaking.

So, join us for a fun, relaxing afternoon in the park. Come out and hear some great music, have some good food, and donate to help our Marching Cougars look as good as they sound.

The music, food and fun will begin at 3:00 p.m. town time (2:00 school time) at the gazebo in Memorial Park. Also in the Busy Band Buzz, both of the New Prairie High School concert bands competed in ISSMA competition. On April 20, the Symphonic Band traveled to Concord High School for Large Organizational competition where they received gold ratings for both music performance and sight reading.

On April 27, the Wind Ensemble traveled to Chesterton High School for Group 1 State Qualifications competition where they too received a gold rating.

This is the most difficult level of concert band competition at the local level. There are usually 70-80 bands at this competition, and the top 16 move on to the Concert Band State Finals. New Prairie performed well and received a gold rating, but did not make the top 16 to move on to finals.

Wednesday, May 9th , the band performed the end of the year Celebration Concert, where not only did all of the band ensembles performed along with some special feature acts, but special awards were given to our graduating seniors!

The Spirit of the Band Award was presented to Elaina Kobitz, the Dedication Award to Natalia Zurek, the Mental Attitude Award to Elizabeth Buell, the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence and the Johansson Award to Haley DeMartinis, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and the John Philip Sousa Award were presented to Taylor Calkins.

Best wishes to all of our seniors and congratulations on a successful concert season!

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