Patriot Band and Guard Events

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!