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Band narrows point differences heading into district contest
TELL CITY - Tell City High School's musicians continued Saturday a march toward the top of the scoreboard in band competition at Floyd Central High School in Floyds Knobs, taking second place.
The Marching Marksmen were only 1.6 points out of first place, taken last weekend and the week before by Eastern High School, Pekin. In the Sept. 20 event at Paoli High School, the distance between Eastern and Tell City was 2.7 points.
"The thing that's great, according to the judges, is we are improving more quickly than they are," Music Director Barry Reasoner said. "We're catching up."
The Marksmen were 4.3 points from their nearest competitor and 7.5 points out of first place when they earned third place at F.J. Reitz Sept. 13. Their first outing at Heritage Hills High School, Lincoln City, Sept. 6 brought a disappointing sixth-place finish in which they were 8.4 points short of first-place finisher Forest Park.
The drum-major award is the first caption award Tell City has earned this year. Reasoner said the judge making that award considers conducting style, presence, command and leadership qualities as seen in the band's response. Hannah Braunecker is Tell City's drum major.
The Marksmen will compete at the district level Saturday, in what Reasoner called a tough lineup.
"Jasper is without a doubt the strongest Class D site in the state," he said, explaining it traditionally brings together the highest-quality bands of the class.
"It's time for us to go head-to-head with all of those bands," he said.
The Marksmen have their full show on the field now Reasoner said. He hoped that would be the case when they performed at the homecoming game Friday, "but we were one rehearsal short of having it ready," he said.
"I think I can validly say we are excited about this weekend," the director added. "We're anxious to go into competition with all of the Class D bands of our area." Bands have been scattered among various invitational contests throughout the district. In addition to quality competitors, the Tell City performers will be challenged by their position in the lineup Saturday, Reasoner said. Class D competition will start at 11 a.m. EDT, with seven bands performing before a break. The Marksmen will start the second round, also of seven bands, at 12:44 p.m.
"That's rather a difficult position," Reasoner said. "Being in the middle, we'll have to make a real impression to stand out for the judges."
Class D awards will follow a 2:02 p.m. performance by South Spencer High School.