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Commodores march to 4th place at 1st contest of season

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This year’s show features heartbeat theme

By KEVIN KOELLING
Managing Editor

LEOPOLD – The Perry Central Marching Commodores placed fourth among six Class A bands in the Evansville Central Invitational Saturday in a show their director said “went pretty well for our first show” of the season.

“There were no major problems,” Andrea Clark said, noting one-quarter of this year’s 32 members are seventh-graders. Despite their youth, “they’re catching on,” she said. “I think we’re going to have a really good season.”

This year’s show is called “Impulse,” she explained, and begins at flatline to build from a bass-drum heartbeat theme. The music is original and was written by Andrew Muth of Fairfield High School.

This year’s music is “a little more demanding” compared to last year’s, Clark said, “and we’re marching and playing at the same time more than we did last year.”

She boasted that her students also earned awards for best percussion and best drum major.

“They beat some bands that are twice or three times our size,” she said.

The Marching Commodores will take the field at 3:54 p.m. Central time at Paoli Saturday. They hope to have the last of four movements on the field for that competition, Clark said.