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  • Hannah Quinn of the Concordia Lutheran High School marching band color guard participates in a run-through by the band Thursday in preparation for Saturday's state finals. (Photos by Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette)

  • Hannah DeFrain plays the flute Thursday with the Concordia band. Six area bands will compete Saturday in Indianapolis. 

Friday, November 03, 2017 1:00 am

State awaits 6 bands

Homestead returning for 31st straight year

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

If you go:

What: ISSMA state finals for high school marching bands

Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

When: Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday

Performance times:

• Whitko High School (Class D), 11:23 a.m.Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color

• DeKalb High School (Class B), 2:51 p.m.Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color

• Concordia Lutheran High School (Class C), 6:03 p.m.Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color

• Angola High School (Class C), 6:16 p.m.Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color

• Carroll High School (Class A), 8:34 p.m.Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color

• Homestead High School (Class A), 8:47 p.m.Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color

Tickets: $20 for adults, $18 for students

Six northeast Indiana high school marching bands will soon show spectators in Indianapolis why they're considered among the state's best.

By Saturday night, some might even be deemed champs.

Homestead, Carroll, Concordia Lutheran, Angola, DeKalb and Whitko high schools are among 40 schools set to compete Saturday in the 45th annual Indiana State School Music Association's marching band finals in Lucas Oil Stadium.

Ten bands compete in each of four divisions. Homestead and Carroll are in Class A; Concordia and Angola are in Class C; DeKalb is in Class B; and Whitko is in Class D.

Last year, the Homestead Spartan Alliance Band was the region's top finisher, placing third in Class A.

Homestead, which has 267 band members, is a longtime powerhouse in the competition. This is the 31st consecutive year it has qualified for state, and in the last 27 years it hasn't ranked below fourth place, Director Brad Wadkins said.

He credited hard work for Homestead's continued appearance at the statewide contest.

“We never take it for granted,” he said.

Homestead last won the title in 2011. Concordia took home a championship in 2013.

This marks the fourth time in five years the Carroll Charger Pride has gone to state, Director Doug Hassell said.

Since moving up from Class B in 2006, the band hasn't finished higher than 10th place, he said. Even so, he said, the band is happy to be at state because that feat seems harder and harder to achieve each year.

Thankfully, Hassell said, the state competition is indoors. He explained last weekend's cold weather presented challenges during the semistate performance.

He and Wadkins have similar goals for their students Saturday: to give their best performance.

Carroll, which has 186 band members, will be the fourth Class A band to perform. Its show is titled “Through Tearful Eyes” and addresses the emotional reasons why people cry – sadness, anger, isolation and joy, Hassell said.

Homestead will perform its show, “Of Fire and Ice,” fifth.

Hassell doesn't worry about the lineup affecting the rankings.

“At this level,” he said, “everyone's really good.”

asloboda@jg.net