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By KEVIN KOELLING
LEOPOLD – The Perry Central band marched away from the South Spencer Invitational Saturday with first place and all three caption awards.
Competing in Class D, the Marching Commodores topped Crawford County and North Posey High Schools by more than seven points and earned the music, visual and general-effect awards.
“I thought it went pretty well,” Director Andrea Clark said Monday. “There are some things we need to improve, but overall, I was happy with their performance.”
Some visual components were added to their show, she continued, “and they were pretty well received by the judges.’
More visual, or movement, aspects will be added as the performers prepare for regional competition this Saturday, “but mainly, we just need to clean some things up,” Clark said. “I think they’re ready.”
Explaining that seven out of 10 bands that go to regional will advance to the state level, she said her students are excited about their show and this season. The top 10 bands at each regional site will advance to the semistate contest, she said, and at least seven will go on to state.
Especially in this part of the state, “there’s a lot of competition,” she added, “and we’ve been doing well against most of them.”
Regional Class D competition will open with a performance by South Spencer at 11 a.m. Saturday at Evansville Central High School. A break will follow New Washington’s 12:44 p.m. show, then Tell City and Perry Central will perform at 1:10 and 1:23 p.m., respectively.
Awards for the class will follow a 2:54 performance by southwestern.
“We’re going to work hard and put on our best show this Saturday and see what happens,” Clark said.
Semi-state contests will be conducted Oct. 27 at four high schools in or near Indianapolis.