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Cloverdale’s Emerald Command Has Fantastic Showing At State Fair Marching Band Contest

Staff Report


Drum majors Tyler Carrell, Hannah Ramey and Jacob Williams (left to right) led one final practice prior to taking the field at the 2011 Indiana State Fair high school marching band contest. (Staff Photo) Drum majors Tyler Carrell, Hannah Ramey and Jacob Williams (left to right) led one final practice prior to taking the field at the 2011 Indiana State Fair high school marching band contest. (Staff Photo) The 45 members of the Cloverdale Emerald Command marching band recently converged on the CHS parking, as they have all summer, in preparation for the high point of their season – the Indiana State Fair high school marching band competition.

Band director William Cole, along with his staff, went over last minute corrections and areas in need of work as eager, yet tired band members listened intently.

The group was set to perform August 5 at 4:00 under the direction of Cole and drum majors Hannah Ramey, Tyler Carrell and Jacob Williams. The show this year is entitled “GREEN: It’s what we’re made of...” and features music by John Fannin including ‘Funk 5,’ ‘Doubletime’ and ‘Blues/ Techno.’

“This year, it’s been an interesting year,” Emerald Command drum major Hannah Ramey explained. “They are almost all new marchers. For being new marchers, they are doing fantastic. This year has the potential to be the best year Cloverdale has seen, so I’m excited. I have high hopes for (Friday) and I’m fairly certain we’ll do well. I’m proud of them. We have people who are just now going into seventh grade marching with us. We have first-year marchers to sixth-year marchers.”

“We’d like to thank the parents for all the support they’ve been giving us,” Ramey, Carrell and Williams explained. “It has been outstanding this year, more than we’ve ever had.”

“We have had parents showing up every Wednesday fixing stuff and putting everything together, replacing wheels that break,” drum major Carrell added.

“I am very proud of the students,” Cole said. “This is a very challenging show, both musically and marching wise. They’ve continued to progress throughout the summer and have worked really hard. We’ve had excellent support from student leaders and former drum majors and parents who have helped to bring it all together. I anticipate (Friday’s) show to be the pinnacle of our season, which is exactly what we want it to be.”

The Cloverdale Emerald Command had a tremendous performance at the August 5 contest, finishing 23rd overall out of 45 bands including larger schools such as Noblesville, Richmond, Muncie Central and Muncie South. The CHS group also finished 1.05 out of first place in the Esprit de Corps, for 30 or fewer instrumentalists, good enough for second place. Congratulations Cloverdale Emerald Command!

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