Local Bands Advance to State Finals

Dubois County (NNDC):

Last weekend,  he Jasper Marching Wildcats, Southridge Marching Raider Band and Forest Park Marching Rangers all qualified for the Indiana State School Music Association’s marching band state finals to be held in Lucas Oil Stadium.

Jasper will be one of 10 bands performing in Open Class B at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday. The group will take the field at 11:30 a.m.

Forest Park and Southridge will both compete in Open Class D. The Marching Raider Band will begin their final routine of the year at 6:55 p.m., and the Marching Rangers will play at 5:40 p.m.

The Marching Wildcats have now qualified for the finals in each of the past 30 seasons. Forest Park, the reigning Open Class D champion hasn’t missed the ISSMA finale since 2003. Southridge just barely missed the chance to go to state last season, ending a two-year streak that spanned 2016 and ‘17.

Last month, the Northeast Dubois Marching Jeeps made their fourth consecutive appearance in the ISSMA Scholastic Class Finals.

Whether you’re talking about the leaders and supporters who anchor the programs, or the long list of community music events, clearly, something is working.

This has created an intergenerational mix of fans that continue to invest in and support the still-thriving activity.

All three bands performed in near-freezing temperatures. But

That won’t be an issue this weekend, when the groups travel north to downtown Indianapolis to perform indoors at Lucas Oil  Stadium.

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