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  • Photos by Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Concordia Lutheran High School's marching band performs “Eve” during the ISSMA State Marching Band Finals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday night.

  • Cooper Steward of the DeKalb color guard performs Saturday.

  • Whitko’s Ramon Muñoz keeps the beat during “Time Machine” at the state finals.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Members of the Angola High School marching band perform their show “The Voyage to Overcome” on Saturday in Indianapolis.

  • Carroll band members perform “Through Tearful Eyes.” Carroll finished ninth in Class A.

Sunday, November 05, 2017 1:00 am

Homestead band marches to state title

'Of Fire and Ice' brings 6th crown, first since 2011

Adrianna Pitrelli | For The Journal Gazette

ISSMA Marching Band State Finals results

Class A

1. Homestead

2. Castle

3. Center Grove

4. Lawrence Central

5. Concord

6. Lake Central

7. Fishers

8. Brownsburg

9. Carroll

10. Ben Davis

Class B

1. Plainfield

2. Greenwood

3. Northview

4. Munster

5. Beech Grove

6. Jasper

7. North

8. Bloomington North

9. F.J. Reitz

10. Dekalb

Class C

1. Lewis Cass

2. Western

3. NorthWood

4. Edgewood

5. Concordia Lutheran

6. Twin Lakes

7. Angola

8. Scottsburg

9. Fairfield

10. Knox

Class D

1. Springs Valley

2. Northwestern

3. Forest Park

4. Paoli

5. Mater Dei

6. Tell City

7. Southridge

8. Monrovia

9. South Spencer

10. Whitko

INDIANAPOLIS – Members of the Homestead marching band stood on lighted structures that looked like icebergs and volcanoes in their “Of Fire and Ice” show, which landed the band first place in Class A at the 45th annual Indiana State School Music Association's marching band finals Saturday.

The band played with high energy as some color guard members represented fire, while others were dressed to represent ice.

The 267-member band ended its show with an upbeat song as lava came out of the volcano-like structures, leaving 15-year-old Ian Jones emotional.

“It's been a really long way to get to this point of the season and the closer, it's just so good and it's the end of our show,” Jones said. “We've worked and worked for this and the ending just makes me emotional.”

Hums and chimes rang in Carroll High School's performance of its state qualifying show, “Through Tearful Eyes,” as large teardrops and posters of crying eyes filled the space around them.

The 186-member band played a variety of dark, fast-paced tunes as the color guard waved orange, blue and yellow flags while wearing blue and white sparkled costumes.

For Sam Gump, 15, being able to play his trumpet in front of a large crowd meant a lot to him.

“It's so wild and exciting, just the thrill of being on this field – it's so big,” he said.

Carroll, which took home ninth place in Class A, and Homestead were two of six local bands that traveled to Lucas Oil Stadium.

Gracefully running around the field like birds, the DeKalb color guard set the band's theme of “Birds of a Feather” before the chirping noise filled the stadium for its Class B performance.

The drum majors were standing on platforms that were decorated to look like nests, while the high-energy band played a variety of tunes, all while delicately marching in a bird-like manner. Following a somber percussion-based song, the band started jumping and jiving, eliciting loud cheers from the audience.

Hailey Carnahan, 15, has been a trumpet player for the DeKalb marching band for four years and said she is honored to be able to perform with the band once again – this time at the state level.

“We all act very much like a family,” Carnahan said. “We had some really late nights so we had to focus hard to get to this point.”

The band placed 10th in Class B.

Waving yellow and white flags, the Concordia Lutheran Marching Cadets started their performance out with a powerful, attention-grabbing instrumental before the color guard switched into darker outfits during a saxophone trio.

Signs that read “Hate,” “Greed,” “Jealousy” and more lined the field as the band played a show based on the story of Adam and Eve.

“My favorite part of this show is being able to share God's message to all who watch,” 15-year-old Jacob Potter said. “We practiced a lot and it just feels great to be able to perform while spreading the word.”

The Angola Marching Hornets performed its show called “The Voyage to Overcome.” The show implemented orange, yellow and blue colors and a variety of sounds, from chimes to vocal solo. The band's set was made up of a three-part bridge which eventually came together as one.

Jaina Adams, 17, has played the alto saxophone at the state competition all four years of her high school career, yet despite being a veteran, she remained excited.

“I am exhausted, for sure, but I am so excited to see how many people are out here at this level and that we could make it here again,” she said. “I feel really amazing and happy with our performance.”

Concordia Lutheran placed fifth and Angola placed seventh in Class C.

Swinging their arms back and forth like a clock hand with a time-themed set behind them, the Whitko marching band performed “Time Machine” in Class D, placing 10th. The 20-member band wore black uniforms with hints of red and blue and showed off its talent by performing a variety of songs, from soothing music with the sound of a clock ticking to upbeat music with chanting.

Trumpet player Hailey Farber, 14, performed at her first state competition Saturday and said she was both excited and nervous.

“I think I did pretty well and all of us did,” she said. “I really like getting to play my instrument in front of all these people, so it was really exciting.”