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Marching Marksmen improve at Paoli

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Score rises 10 points, director, fans pleased by performance

By KEVIN KOELLING
Managing Editor

TELL CITY – Judges at the Pride of Paoli Invitational rated Tell City’s Marching Marksmen fifth out of the five bands competing in Class AA Saturday, but their score jumped more than 10 points from their previous competition, according to results posted at IndianaMarching.com.

“I felt like, honestly, the kids had a better performance compared to the weekend before,” Director Natasha Edmondson said Monday. “They did a whole lot more with the music and they were able to stay together a lot better. Overall, it was a pretty good (performance).”

The Marksmen also brought home the contest’s people’s-choice award, bestowed by audience voting for Classes A and AA, according to the website.

The students’ musical performance was the strongest part of their show, Edmondson felt. A fourth and last movement and all of the drill and color-guard choreography that goes with it remained to be added. Also, “we’ve got a couple of flag changes to make and that kind of thing,” she said, meaning the performers have “quite a bit” of work ahead of this Saturday’s competition. They will compete with six other bands in Class A at the Evansville North Invitational, which will begin at 3:30 p.m. The Marksmen will perform at 4:22 p.m.

“Our goal is to have all of the show on the field,” Edmondson said.