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Cloverdale Emerald Command Performs At Annual Band Day

by Amanda York
Staff Writer


The Cloverdale Emerald Command met the Thursday evening prior to the Indiana State Fair Band Day competition to hold a dress rehearsal for the event. (Staff Photo) The Cloverdale Emerald Command met the Thursday evening prior to the Indiana State Fair Band Day competition to hold a dress rehearsal for the event. (Staff Photo) The 2015-2016 Cloverdale Emerald Command marching band has been busy this spring and summer. Having started in April, new and veteran band members alike have put in many, many hours of practice, culminating in one of their biggest competitions of the season… the Indiana State Fair Band Day.

Cloverdale’s show this year is entitled ‘Spellbound’ and features musical selections from ‘Night on Bald Mountain,’ and ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,’ as well as an original composition by John Fannen.

The group had five competitions to prepare for State Fair contest, scoring higher this season than they did at the State Fair competition last year.

Drum majors Trinity Rairdon, Anna Cole and Tanner White sat down to discuss the season so far.


Emerald Command members are shown above during a dress rehearsal held prior to State Fair Band Day competition. (Staff Photo) Emerald Command members are shown above during a dress rehearsal held prior to State Fair Band Day competition. (Staff Photo) “Our band has put a lot of hard work in and I’m really proud of us and excited,” Rairdon said.

“We’ve had several sections that have been coming in four days a week, some days five and a half hours a day just to get this show prepared because we have such high hopes for it,” White added.

“We have two days a week that are required for practice but many different sections come in more so we can work harder,” Rairdon explained.

“We’ve also had several staff members that came in and donated their time. Their names are Tabatha Hickey, Dakota Jones and Rebecca Byers. They’ve been coming in just so they can help us.” White noted.


The drum majors for the 2015-2016 Cloverdale Emerald Command are, left to right: Trinity Rairdon, Anna Cole, and Tanner White. (Staff Photo) The drum majors for the 2015-2016 Cloverdale Emerald Command are, left to right: Trinity Rairdon, Anna Cole, and Tanner White. (Staff Photo) “We’ve also had a lot of parent help,” Cole said.

Although the Emerald Command was unable to make it to the night show, all that hard work was not in vain, finishing in 20th out of 41 participating bands.

“It was the best performance of the summer,” Cloverdale Emerald Command Director Bill Cole said. “I am very proud of the efforts of the students to earn the highest score a band from Cloverdale has ever earned at State Fair.

“Throughout our summer season, the students conducted themselves in a very positive manner that reflected well upon our community and school. With performances at Carmel, Muncie, Portland, Winchester, and Indianapolis, Cloverdale’s name was carried with pride throughout the state of Indiana.”

The results of the 2015 Indiana State Fair Band Day were as follows:

1. Winchester

2. Northeastern (Fountain City)

3. Kokomo

4. Noblesville

5. Richmond

6. Anderson

7. Jay County (Portland)

8. Centerville

9. Hagerstown

10. Mooresville

11. Southmont (Crawfordsville)

12. Monroe Central (Parker City)

13. Blue River Valley (Mt. Summit)

14. Yorktown

15. West Lafayette

16. Lebanon

17. Sheridan

18. Elwood

19. Frankton

20. Cloverdale

21. Triton Central (Fairland)

22. Tipton

23. Speedway

24. Lapel

25. Eastern Greene (Bloomfield)

26. Cowan (Muncie)

27. Lincoln (Cambridge City)

28. Brown County (Nashville)

29. Cardinal Ritter (Indianapolis)

30. Huntington North

31. Westview (Topeka)

32. Frankfort

33. Arsenal Technical (Indianapolis)

34. Benton Central (Oxford)

35. Eastern Hancock (Charlottesville)

36. Delphi

37. Western Boone (Thorntown)

38. North Daviess (Elnora)

39. Covington

40. Attica

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