As the cold, snowy weather of the winter sets in, the world slows down a bit. With no marching season, no parades, no fundraisers, and no holiday concerts, one might think that the life of a band student (and band parent) may also slow down. However, these next few months may be the busiest time for New Prairie Bands.
The first event for the winter season involving the highest number of band students is ISSMA solo and ensemble contest. This year this event will be Saturday January 26 at Kankakee Valley High School. This year New Prairie High School Band has forty-eight events consisting of forty-one solos and seven ensembles. These events include fifty-five of our high school band students. Of these, six ensembles and thirty-five solos are group one events. At this level, students receiving a gold rating advance on to perform at the ISSMA State Solo and Ensemble contest. This is a completely voluntary event for our students, and the large numbers that we have participate shows how dedicated our band kids are.
Next, our New Prairie Indoor Percussion group begins its competition season on February 9 at New Palestine High School. This year’s show is titled “The Pharaoh’s Downfall”. The background story for the show is a Pharaoh leading a group of commoners who ultimately overthrow the Pharaoh. These students have been practicing two days a week after school since right after Thanksgiving break.
They will compete at New Palestine, Greenfield Central, Noblesville, Zionsville for IPA State Prelims, and Avon high school for IPA State Finals (yes, we plan on advancing to the finals again this year).
The following week, February 16, our New Prairie show choirs and back-up band starts their competition. This year Sing Sensation’s theme is Heartbeat, and Innovation’s theme is Fire and Rain. The choirs and backup band will compete at Northridge, Mooresville, East Noble, and Brownsburg High Schools.
These cold lazy winter days are definitely not lazy for both our band and choir students. There are many early mornings, late nights, hours of practice, and many miles of travel. All of this hard work and dedication by our New Prairie students proudly represents our community throughout the state, and spreads the “Sound of Cougar Pride”.