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Marching Commodores earn silver rating at regional contest

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

EVANSVILLE - "We had a really good, strong run," James Powell said of the Perry Central Marching Commodores' season. It ended Saturday when they achieved a silver rating at regional competition at Evansville's Central High School.

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"We had a lot of compliments from people in the stadium we didn't know," the assistant band director continued. "Our biggest concern is that we felt we were stronger than where we ended up." That sentiment was expressed by well-wishers, as well, he said.

Powell saw progress between last year's regional.

"Last year, when we had nine seniors, we finished 16th," he recalled. This year's troupe includes only one senior and more than half the band is composed of seventh-graders, "and we finished 12th this year," he added. "We were a little disappointed, but we did better than we imagined ... with a much younger group. That fires us up for the concert season."

Between now and then, the performers will prepare for solo-and-ensemble contests. Powell said Perry Central entered eight to 10 events, qualified for state-level competition in three or four and brought home one gold rating.

"We want to double those numbers this year," he said.

On a more-distant horizon, Powell expects a good group of students to join the band next year, saying, "We're expecting good growth."

Tell City's Marching Marksmen also competed in the regional, and qualified to advance to semistate.

"We're proud to be in Tell City's company," Powell said. "They're a good group to chase because they're the tops."