Patriot Band and Guard Events

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Owen Valley Performs at Scholastic State Finals

This past Saturday the Owen Valley Patriot Band and Guard showed the rest of Indiana what we have known all season, that they are one of the best in the state at what they do! Congratulations on your performance at State Finals, for a successful season, and for representing Owen Valley well. Special thanks to Paul Dryden for the photos!







Sunday, October 13, 2013

Patriot Band and Guard a 2013 State Finalist

OV received a Gold rating at the Indiana State School Music Association Scholatic B Prelims and has qualified for Scholastic State Finals! They will be held in two weeks at Lawrence Central High School. This achievement caps off a fantastic season for the group which, placed in several shows and has received caption awards in: Music, Visual, Effect, and Percussion. 
Scholastic B is a new small school/small band category that ISSMA created this year. The champion at Scholastic B finals will go on to perform in exhibition at Lucas Oil Stadium during ISSMA Open Class State Finals. Congratulations go out to the hard working members of the Patriot Band and Guard!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Marching Band Prepares for Prelims

This Saturday the Patriot Band and Guard will be performing in Indiana State School Music Association Scholastic B State Prelims. They will perform at 1:23pm at Plainfield HS.

ISSMA created a new marching band classification system for this year. In the past all schools were placed into classes A, B, C, or D based on their school size (much like athletics). Unlike athletic teams however there were no limits in marching to the size of the groups big or small. As a result the system has made mismatches with some bands in a class marching 20 to 30 students while another school in that same class may have 120-130 performers. The system has to this point favored larger groups which, are able to generate more musical and visual effect with their larger numbers.

ISSMA has now split this system into to two distinct classes: Scholastic Class and Open Class. Open class will remain true to the original classification system based on school size. Scholastic Class is broken into two groupings: 

Scholastic A consists of bands from schools that have 976 or more students in the school that have less than 120 performing members in the marching band.

Scholastic B consists of bands from schools that have 975 or less students in the school that have less than 60 performing members in the marching band.

Owen Valley falls into the second category and will perform at their first Scholastic Prelims this Saturday! Groups that score over 54 points at Prelims will make it to Scholastic Finals. Good luck OV!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Owen Valley Middle School Band Concert

The Owen Valley Middle School Bands had their first concert of the year on October 8th. The first Period Beginning band, the 4th Period Beginning band, and the 2nd Period Intermediate Band all performed. It was our first outdoor middle school concert! It was perfect weather for the concert and there was a great turn out. Congratulations to all of the middle school band students who made some wonderful music at the event.