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Marching Marksmen earn gold

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By ERIC WHITTAKER

Feature Writer

 

TELL CITY – The Marching Marksmen tightened their snares, polished their brass, squared away their march and made several changes to their ballad last week, and were awarded first place in their class at the Floyd Central Highlander Invitational at Floyds Knobs over the weekend.

Six other bands in addition to Tell City competed in the same class at Floyd. Despite not having their complete show fully integrated in their performance, the Marksmen brought their best efforts to the forefront and received recognition for it. In addition to overall first place, they were also awarded Best Music, Best Visual, Best Effect and Best Percussion. Instructors, with direction from Natasha Edmondson, have seemingly motivated their marchers into a well-oiled machine, as they portray their interpretation of the Expressionist artwork, “The Scream.”

“Last week the kids worked really hard and we made several changes to the ballad. They all earned each one of those awards by putting in the extra hard work last week,” said Edmondson.

This coming weekend Invitational is at Evansville Harrison high school, where the Marksmen will perform at 5:50 p.m. “I don’t feel that all the components are put together,” said Edmondson. “We still have a lot of additional drill and music to tack onto the end. We also have changes and adjustments to make to really bring the show together and make sure that everyone understands our story.”

Edmondson explained they have about a minute and a half left to add to the performance. “We can currently perform the opener, second movement and ballad. Our goal for (this) week is to get half way through the closer for our performance on Saturday.”