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TELL CITY - Tell City drum-line members placed sixth among 13 lines competing at East Central High School, St. Leon, Saturday, against what their instructor said are lines with more experience.
The five that scored higher than Tell City are staffed largely with full-time percussionists, Brett Mulzer said Monday, "and we're close to picking off some of them."
His students were still learning their show Saturday morning, he added. They'd performed the night before at a home basketball game, which Mulzer said was "the best thing that could have happened before their first competition." They were a little nervous going into that show, but "the support from the community was a big help," he said.
The crowd rose to their feet to applaud the Marksmen percussionists as they finished their show, titled, "The Fine Line." It depicts "the struggle to stay sane," said Mulzer, who wrote it. "It's an exaggerated look at how someone reacts to the stresses of life."
He called it musically difficult for the four full-time drummers, and more so for the 11 horn-line members recruited into the drum line, "so for them to do as well as they have is a huge accomplishment. I always try to write the show a little above their heads to challenge them, and they're doing a great job."
In a contest that featured a 22.43-point spread between first and last places, Tell City scored 2.2 points behind fifth-place Corydon Central and 3.75 points behind Martinsville high schools.
The students have learned the show, Mulzer said, now it's time to clean it up.
"We were a little too loud," he said. "We'll make some changes; add some things to fit better with the theme of the show. We'll probably add a little content to the middle to give the judges something more to judge, and possibly boost the score a little."
Tell City will perform 11th at Corydon Central Saturday, beginning at 7:09 p.m. EST.
Mulzer offered "thanks from me and the drum line for everyone who supported us" in a fundraising raffle that was also part of the last boys home basketball game of the season.
Band booster Shari Everly echoed the appreciation and said this year's cash raffle was more successful than last year's. Corey Young of Tell City won the top prize of $500. Patty Hahus of Leopold and Ed Scheiber of rural Tell City won second and third prizes, $250 and $100, respectively, she said.