The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Education

July 18, 2013

Madison County bands working toward Sweet 16

Competition season has begun

ANDERSON, Ind. — The beating of drums, the blaring of horns, the flapping of flags as they wave in the air. If you didn't know, it's the start of competition season for Madison County's marching bands.

Each is participating in competitions of its choosing leading up to the big contest at the Indiana State Fair's Band Day Aug. 2. All of Madison County's bands will perform that day. The top 16 in the state will be the ones competing in the evening.

Many band and guard members have been practicing for weeks, spending a few hours of their day in the hot sun learning music and memorizing drills.

In Anderson, the Marching Highlanders have already competed in one contest, taking fourth at the Archway Classic in Centerville.

"We're excited about the students' work and we're excited about the progress," Anderson High School Band Director Brad Milleman said.

This year, 84 students are marching to the music of Dreamworks' "How to Train Your Dragon" with the theme "Dragon of Legends." The show is about celebrating the name of a dragon, so it never comes back.

For students who participate in marching band, its about a passion for music.

Percussionist Zach Abbott said it feels good to show off the band's music repertoire. And the band environment itself is what kept him coming back.

"It's an awesome feeling," he said. "I love every minute of it."

"When that first note hits," guard member Allison Smitherman said, it's time to put on the best show they can.

"I love performing," Smitherman said, an echoing sentiment of many band members.

For many performers, it's also about making their town and school proud.

Marching bands like Anderson's run on volunteers. The 84 marchers are only about half the full size of the school's band during the academic year, Milleman said.

Text Only
Local Education
  • Pay for South Madison soccer coaches under review An ad hoc parent group wants the South Madison Community Schools board to consider raising the stipend for Pendleton Heights High School soccer coaches.

    July 21, 2014

  • FEA - HB0721 - Rotary Exchange - JC 1 Foreign exchange program builds lasting friendships Paulina Berger returned to her hometown in Olpe, Germany on Friday, but she left something important behind: part of her heart. The 16-year-old spent a year living with three host families in Anderson as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • FEA HB0721 ISU Normal Hall Work underway to restore ISU's Normal Hall The sounds of heavy equipment, impact drills and even a large wrecking ball are evidence of a renovation underway at Normal Hall, Indiana State University's oldest academic building.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • HHS class of '66 seeks classmates The Highland High School Class of '66 will host its 48th class reunion on Aug. 23. Contact information is needed for several classmates.

    July 19, 2014

  • Jottings: July 20 The following are brief Jottings items of local interest.

    July 19, 2014

  • AHS Class of '65 plans informal gathering The Anderson High School Class of 1965 will hold an informal 49th class gathering. The gathering will be Saturday, Aug. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Shouts Sports Pub (Cooper's Sport Bowl), 1920 E. 53rd St.

    July 18, 2014

  • NWS - HB0129 - snyder photo - SU Ivy Tech president attends apprenticeships summit

    Fresh from a White House-sponsored summit on expanding apprenticeship opportunities in high-growth industries, Ivy Tech Community College President Tom Snyder said some programs in Indiana are on the leading edge of that effort.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • ACS teacher fights suspension in federal court An Anderson Community Schools second-grade teacher who was dismissed and placed on paid administrative leave early this year is fighting the school system's teacher evaluation program in federal court saying her constitutional rights of due process were violated because she was not allowed to attend meetings where her classroom performance was discussed and evaluated.

    July 14, 2014

  • NWS - HB0714 - back to school 2 Students receive the basics at Back to School Festival

    The threat of severe weather forced a normally popular back-to-school event indoors. The weather stayed away, but regardless, a few thousand children went home with school supplies they desperately need.

    July 13, 2014 3 Photos

  • FEA - HB0714 - summer lunch 1 Summer lunch a big hit with Alexandria parents The cafeteria staff at Alexandria-Monroe Elementary School have learned to expect a lunchtime rush on Fridays. Friday is pizza day. And kids love pizza, along with a serving of grapes and milk, the chocolate variety preferred.

    July 13, 2014 3 Photos

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide