Sept. 23 wound up being another unusually hot September Saturday for marching band competitions as the temperature soared into the 90s, but the Band of Marauders prepared for it by hydrating with water and Gatorade leading up to its performance at Greenwood High School.
That preparation paid off. And it's a good thing, too, considering what happened at a band competition in northern Indiana that weekend. At the 38th annual Greenwood Marching Invitational, not one member of Mt. Vernon's band needed help beyond the copious amounts of water offered by parent volunteers. (As far as we know, no ambulances visited Greenwood to treat overheated students in other bands. The heat was actually worse in northern Indiana!)
And after a fantastic performance later in the day, the Band of Marauders picked up a 2nd-place trophy in Open Class B.
"Earning 2nd place mid-season is a great place to be as we get closer to [ISSMA] state prelims," Mr. Ellinger said later. "The students are pushing hard and performing at a high level."
The Bloomington North Cougar Band captured 1st place in Class B at Greenwood, winning every caption award except best color guard. That caption went to our friends in the New Castle Trojan Band, who placed 3rd. But how was Mt. Vernon able to place higher than New Castle, if Mt. Vernon didn't get any caption awards?
"It all boils down to the math behind the scoring system," Mr. Ellinger explained. "Two groups may score high in some captions and lower in others, scoring 1st in some and 3rd in others. If we are 2nd across the board, it puts us over one of the groups."
Also important is that the scores for the guard and percussion caption awards aren't factored into the overall score. "They are scored only for comments and for the chance to win the caption award," he said.
This coming Saturday, the band will compete in Scholastic Class A at the inaugural Zionsville Invitational Marching Band Competition. This will be the last invitational before the ISSMA Scholastic Class state preliminaries. "We plan on performing our full show for the first time this Saturday at the Zionsville invitational," Mr. Ellinger said. "We are very excited!"