Commodores march toward district

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

Band recovers from poor early performance to take third place later

LEOPOLD - "We talked, and the kids knew they could have done better," after the first of their two competitions Saturday, Perry Central Music Director Rob Cason said Monday about the school's Marching Commodores.

They came in sixth in a field of six bands competing in Class D at Castle High School in Newburgh.

"We did not have a very good show there," Cason admitted. "There were four bands there that could go to state finals."

The Perry Central musicians had lunch, then went into an unscheduled music and color-guard rehearsal before competing again at Evansville North.

"We really tightened things up for the night show," Cason said. "It was just a much more intense performance. The kids were more focused and put out a more intense effort."

It paid off in a third-place finish among four bands, and nearly a six-point improvement in scores.

"It was a good competition," Cason said, and included a band from a larger school. Washington High School, which placed second behind South Knox, boasts 730 students, according to 2007-08 figures from the state Department of Education.

South Knox and Perry Central were close at 556 and 564 students, respectively, and North Knox had 467.

Cason said he's excited about district competition this Saturday in Jasper, where the Commodores will begin their performance at 1:36 p.m. EDT.

"We'll do the whole show for the first time, and I think it'll be really good," he said. "Right now, the closer is really strong because we've worked on it the last couple of weeks. I hope to keep that and make the first two parts just as strong."