The Busy Band Buzz: Semi-State

On October 20, the New Prairie Marching Cougars competed in ISSMA Regional Competition at Chesterton High School. Once again, our kids delivered an outstanding performance. Not only did this performance achieve yet another New Prairie high score, it also earned a gold rating and qualification for ISSMA Semi-State competition. The ISSMA marching band competition is divided into two regions, the north and the south. The top ten bands from each region advance to the semi-state level. At semi-state, the top ten of those twenty bands advance on to compete in the state finals.

This is only the fourth year that New Prairie has competed at the open class level. For the first two years,the Marching Cougars competed in the Open Class ‘C’ division. Then last year ISSMA moved New Prairie to an Open Class ‘B’ school. Competition in open class marching is very intense, and as a class ‘B’ band we compete against bands fifty percent larger than ours. But, the “Sound of Cougar Pride” has a commanding presence on the field, and our Marching Cougars have risen to the challenge and proudly represented our school and community. This has been a history setting season for New Prairie in the competitive marching band world. After an amazing indoor percussion season ending with a sixth place finish at the state finals, every competition during the fall season has achieved a record high score for the Marching Cougars. What an achievement for our school and community! As this article is being written, we are once again anxiously preparing for yet another competition in our ongoing season. The Marching Cougars will be competing in ISSMA Semi-State Competition at Pike High School in Indianapolis on October 27.

If the Marching Cougars achieve a score in the top ten, we will advance on to the ISSMA State Marching Band Finals at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 3. Good Luck Cougars! Play loud and march proud!

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