2012-08-14 / Front Page

Cloverdale Emerald Command Finishes In Top Five For ‘Class A’ Bands At State Fair

by Amanda York
Staff Writer


The 2012 Cloverdale Emerald Command drum majors are, left to right: Kyle Manion, Jacob Williams and Miranda Tate. 
(Staff Photo) The 2012 Cloverdale Emerald Command drum majors are, left to right: Kyle Manion, Jacob Williams and Miranda Tate. (Staff Photo) The Cloverdale Emerald Command recently finished in the top five for ‘Class A’ bands and 31st out of 46 bands overall at the 2012 Indiana State Fair.

“I am impressed with the students and the amount of progress they displayed with their state fair performance,” Emerald Command Band Director William Cole said. “Not only was this their highest scoring performance of the 2012 season, it was also the fourth highest score by the Cloverdale band at the Indiana State Fair in the last 20 years!”

“Many thanks go out to the props assistants, parents, bus drivers, school administrators, and instructional staff,” Cole continued. “Coordinating a program requires contribution and cooperation from many people to assist the students with engaging opportunities in performance and personal development of both physical and intellectual growth. Together, we encourage striving toward the highest level of performance possible.”

The band performed their show entitled, ‘A Night In Vegas,’ which included the songs “It Had Better Be Tonight,” “Fever,” and “Barnum

& Bailey’s Favorite.” “It had Better Be Tonight” is an original composition for The Pink Panther film of 1963. “Fever” was written by Eddie Cooley and Otis Blackwell and orginally recorded by Little Willie John in 1956. “Barnum & Bailey’s Favorite” was composed by Karl King in 1913.

The Spencer Evening World attended the Cloverdale Emerald Command’s final dress rehearsal held prior to the Indiana State Fair performance and spoke with drum majors Jacob Williams, Kyle Manion and Miranda Tate about their performance.

“It takes a lot of commitment (to be involved in summer band) and I think it shows that they have the time management skills and they are grown up enough to put on a production like this and I’m proud of them for doing it,” Cloverdale Emerald Command drum major Jacob Williams said.

“It’s awesome,” Kyle Manion exclaimed. “I’ve been doing this for years, even before I was in high school when they first started letting middle school kids do it. I don’t know what my life would be like without this… this whole experience.”

“I’ve done this for years and every year it just get more exciting,” drum major Miranda Tate said. “At the same time, you lose marchers and friends… it’s a giant family. We gain family members each year (with newcomers) and lose family members (to graduation). It’s a big part of my life.”

Congratulations to the Cloverdale Emerald Command band for their hard work, perseverance and performance at the 2012 Indiana State Fair competition!

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