Drum majors Jordan McDaniel, left and Mallorie McCoy hold the DeKalb Baron Brigade’s seventh-place trophy at the conclusion of Saturday’s Class B state finals. At right is DeKalb Central school board member Tim Haynes, who presented the trophy.
DeKalb High School’s Baron Brigade marching band performs in the Class B state finals Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis.
A member of the DeKalb Baron Brigade’s auxiliary corps performs a flag routine with the band at the state finals Saturday.
INDIANAPOLIS — In the band’s 19th trip to the state marching band finals Saturday, the DeKalb Baron Brigade captured seventh place in Class B competition at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Longtime director Terry Fisher said performing in the stadium felt good again after missing out last year.
“The kids had a really, really nice show. I was very proud of their performance,” he said. “It’s good to be back.”
The Baron Brigade placed eighth in the state in 2010 and 2011 and made five straight state finals appearances from 2007-2011.
As all Class B bands lined up on the field to hear their placements, Fisher made sure to shake the hand of every DeKalb student.
“I wanted to thank them for the experience. They all do such a great job,” he said. “I’m honored to be a part of their lives.”
The 124-member marching band performed a show titled “We Are DeKalb,” with themed background props such as the Ashley “smiley” water tower and DeKalb County Courthouse.
Fisher noted that singing the national anthem with DeKalb High School’s Classic Connection show choir made the experience even more surreal. The Indiana State School Music Association, which sponsors the finals, invited the choir to sing during all four awards presentations Saturday.
“We make sure the entire music department is well rounded,” Fisher said, crediting choir director Shelley Johnson. “We are very proud of making a strong music department,” he added.
“I’m very proud of what they are doing. At the end of the day, I’m thankful that I get to be a part of their lives for a short time,” Fisher said about his band’s members.
Greenwood claimed top honors in Class B, followed by Concord in second, Northview third, Jasper fourth, Plainfield fifth, Floyd Central sixth, DeKalb seventh, Munster eighth, New Castle ninth and Plymouth 10th.
Mallorie McCoy, one of the DeKalb band’s drum majors, said the group received plenty of support.
“So many families were there cheering us on. It was amazing,” she said.
McCoy said her goal with the band was to get close to everyone and be a part of big family.
As an eighth-grader and freshman student McCoy also made the trip to the state finals.
“We didn’t get to go last year, and it was not fun,” McCoy said. “We went for five years in a row, and it was a record, and now we will start a new count this year.”
Emily Long participated in the band during her freshman and sophomore years as a saxophone player. This year she switched to the color guard because of her class schedule.
“It’s a big difference between the saxophone and guard,” Long said. “When you’re performing, you have to be smiling the entire time.”
The 23-member guard is scored within the general effect and visual categories on the competition. Long said the group has more younger members than usual, but together, “They’ve really come far as a group.”
Long said she didn’t want to give up band, because “everyone around you is trying for the same goal,” and being a part of the guard filled that void for her.
The Angola Marching Hornets also competed Saturday, taking eighth place in the Class C finals.
Article from The Star on Sunday, November 3, 2013 --Written by Octavia Lehman
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