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TC band earns gold, fails to qualify for semistate contest

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Marksmen will march at Bands of America regional event

By KEVIN KOELLING

Managing Editor

TELL CITY – The Tell City Marching Marksmen earned a gold rating at regional competition in Evansville Saturday, but “it was not what the judges wanted in the top 10,” Director Natasha Edmondson said Wednesday.

A top-10 finish would have meant a ticket to semistate competition. She called the mixed results “a two-sided sword.” 

“They had a pretty decent performance,” Edmondson said. “They did what they could do.”

Judges said they needed to display “more confidence and more dynamics,” the director said, explaining those were comments they’d been receiving through the season. 

“It was a good performance; most of them seemed to keep their nerves under control,” she said. That was made more difficult by the fact they were scheduled to take the field after a break, which gave them time to stand around and become fidgety.

They won’t have that problem when they go up against 52 other groups of all sizes and from several other states at a Bands of America regional event Friday in Indianapolis.

“We go first,” Edmondson said of Tell City’s 12:30 p.m. Eastern time performance. The contest will go into Saturday, with the top 14 bands going head-to-head that night.

“It will be really neat to march at the Lucas Oil Stadium,” Edmondson said. “The kids are really excited about it.”