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Commodores miss regional gold by 1 point

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

Musicians preparing for future shows

JEFFERSONVILLE - Only a point kept the Perry Central Marching Commodores from earning a gold rating in regional marching-band competition at Jeffersonville High School Saturday, according to Band Director Rob Cason.

"We had the best show of the year, easily," he said Wednesday. "We were pleased with how the show went."

While "there are always things that could have gone better," he added, "a lot of things went right. The show held together better overall and the closer went better."

Parts of the show the students and instructors concentrated on during rehearsals "really showed," Cason said. "The kids were pleased with their show. They thought they did a good job."

A gold rating and top-10 finish among the 17 bands contending in Class D at the regional contest would have advanced Perry Central to semi-state, a new level of competition this year.

"Obviously, they were disappointed with the result," Cason said. "That's good, because it shows they care. We talked about how we want to come together, learn from it and make sure it doesn't happen again."

"Lots of stuff is getting ready to happen," the director said about the musicians' upcoming schedule. With preparation for pep and concert bands and solo-and-ensemble contests, "they're staying busy," he said.

"I'm really proud of the kids and all their work," he said. "I'm proud of the seniors and how the program has improved, and I'm thankful to the parents for all of their help."