2013-08-13 / Front Page

Cloverdale Emerald Command Competes At 2013 Indiana State Fair Band Day

Amanda York
Staff Writer

The Cloverdale Emerald Command marching band, under the direction of band instructor Bill Cole and drum majors Kyle Manion, Rae McFadden and Mitchell Stacy, recently competed at the Indiana State Fair Band Day competition in Indianapolis.

As in years past, the group met the night before the competition for a last-minute rehearsal and ‘tweaking’ of the routine prior to competition.

The name of the piece performed was ‘Spy-Guise,” with original music written by current Northview High School band director and former Owen Valley High School band director Rusty Bottomley and included three parts… “The Case,” “The Disguise” and “The Chase.”

Taking a moment to talk with Manion, McFadden and Stacy shed some light on not only the show, but Emerald Command’s summer.

“I’m super excited about this year. We’re looking to beat our best score,” Manion said. “We start in April with Monday practices during school and as soon as school lets out we’re doing two weeks and then we start up our sectionals, which is one Tuesday night for an hour and a half where we just focus on music. So it’s a lot of work that these guys put in.”

“Plus a week-long beginner camp and a week later on in the summer for band camp for everyone,” Mc- Fadden added. “For me, it means that all of my hard work and all of the band’s hard work has definitely paid off in their dedication. It is the result of many hours of sweat and concentration. To see so many young kids come out this year and stick with it and to see us perform so well... we’ve gotten near the top of our class at all the competitions we’ve been to and we’ve been very high in the music caption. To see how well the first-year or beginner marchers have come out and to see how hard they’ve work and that they’ve done so well means a lot to all of us. We’ve got nowhere to go but up.”

“Really, we’ve all just become kind of a big family. Like (it is) when your family accomplishes something big, we all rejoice with each other. It is a big sense of camaraderie,” Stacy added.

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The Spencer Evening World later heard from Cole following the competition, who noted: “We finished 25th out of 44 overall and sixth out of 16 in Class A (30 or under musicians). We also scored higher than six AA (31-59 musicians) bands and three AAA (over 60 musicians) bands.”

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Complete results from
the 2013 Indiana State
Fair Band Day competition are as follows:
1. Winchester Community, 92.700
2. Muncie Southside,
3. Richmond, 90.450
4. Anderson, 89.200
5. Centerville, 87.075
6. Jay County (Portland), 85.950
7. Kokomo, 84.450
8. East Central (St.
Leon), 82.700
9. Noblesville, 80.850

10. Northeastern
(Fountain City), 79.750
11. Mooresville,
12. Hagerstown,
13. Muncie Central,
14. Lebanon, 72.700
15. Yorktown, 70.550
16. Monroe Central
(Parker City), 70.200
Preliminary Results
17. Elwood Community
18. Union County (Liberty) 19. Frankton
20. Lincoln (Cambridge
21. West Lafayette
22. Sheridan
23. Tipton
24. Shortridge Magnet
25. Cloverdale

26. Lapel
27. Danville Community 28. Morristown
29. Eastern Greene
30. Speedway
31. Cardinal Ritter (Indianapolis) 32. Westview (Topeka)
33. West Washington
34. Wabash
35. Frankfort
36. Brown County
37. Manchester (North
38. Western Boone
39. North Daviess (Elnora) 40. Covington
41. Delphi Community
42. Attica
43. South Newton
44. Arsenal Technical

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