Trojan Guard Advances to Semi-State

TG-advances-to-semistateThe Chesterton High School Trojan Guard Marching Band traveled to Lafayette, Indiana this past Saturday to compete in the Indiana State School Music Association’s (ISSMA) Regional level of competition.

There were four ISSMA Regional Marching Band events across the state on Saturday, one competition for each competitive class A-D. Despite the threatening weather conditions experienced from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico this past weekend, all four ISSMA regional events managed to complete their day of competition. The CHS Band put in an energetic performance at Lafayette that allowed them to capture one of the coveted top 10 places in the Northern Class “A” competition, qualifying them for Semi-State. The top 20 schools in the Class “A” competition at Semi-State will include: Lawrence North, Decatur Central, Carmel, Lawrence Central, Ben Davis, Center Grove, Avon, Snider, Homestead, Hamilton Southeastern, Fishers, Northrop, Columbus North, Lafayette Jefferson, Lake Central, Mishawaka Penn, Carroll, LaPorte, Castle and Chesterton.

Being part of a competitive marching band is not an ‘immediate gratification’ proposition, it takes a great deal of time and dedication for the students to develop their skills to do this, and even more time to do it well,” said the director of the Trojan Guard Michael Scheiber. “Our kids are just now starting to really master this production and we’re very proud of their work ethic and success,” Scheiber continued. The Semi-State competition is the third and final precursor to the ISSMA State Marching Band Championship that will be held in Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, November 3. The ISSMA Class “A” Semi-State event will take place at Ben Davis High School on Saturday, October 27 the Trojan Guard’s Semi-State performance is scheduled to begin at 5:59 p.m. EST.

Members of the 2010 Trojan Guard include: Kathryn Ausema, Jacob Barnes, Kyle Barnes, Rachel Beard, Mariah Bement, Kierstin Berry, Brian Bolin, Teagan Bowen, Sarah Brimberry, Maddie Comfort, Nick Cross, Diva Bridegroom, Emily Cernick, Belle Chandler, Nicolette Croft, Abi Curdes, Jeff DeHenes, Nick DeHenes, Zach Dickinson, Naomi Dravs, Justice Eiden, Riley Franklin, Annie Friday, Alexis Gaines, Izabelle Galvin, Alysa Garriott, Amanda Gillespie, Betsy Goysich, Arianna Hall, Seth Halpin, Matt Hampton, Amanda Hardesty, Hailey Hickey, Loren Hodgkiss, Rowan Holsen, Alex Hughes, Amanda Isbister, Brandon Jackett, Samantha Johnson, Curtis Jones, Olivia Kaiser, Henry Keller, Austin Krafft, Michael Lipinski, Nicole Luberski, Jackson Lucken, Cassi Mardis, Skylar McElheny, Emily Mellin, Katelyn Merritt, Hannah McCafferty, Nathan McCall, Erin McNicholas, Devin Moser, Alisa Ordziejewski, Spencer Ostrega, Fred Owens, Mitch Pearson, Frank Pejril, Joel Peterson, Nathan Poczekay, Robert Rosenau, Zach Royko, Hayley Sabol, Joe Sabol, Kylie Sabol, Greg Sirko, Colin St.Mary, Natalie Stemler, Laura Stepanovich, Garrett Swanson, Brittany Tanner, Damien Thomas, Hayley Thoreson, Valerie Valerio, Abi Vallangeon, Alexi Vander Vinne, Jaynellen Waelde, Sydney Walker, Natalie Wilhelm, and Layne Wright. The Drum Major for the Trojan Guard is Kaleigh Wilder. The directors of the Trojan Guard are Michael Scheiber and Vincent Arizzi. Additional staff includes Color Guard Director Lisa Scheiber and Jeff Wroblewski, drill design.

For additional information regarding the Trojan Guard or any band activity, please contact the CHS Music Department 983-3730.

Photo: Trojan Guard advances to Semi State: The Chesterton High School Trojan Guard Woodwind section performs during the Regional competition in Lafayette this past weekend. Woodwinds include front, left to right, Diva Bridegroom and Hannah McCafferty. Back row, Damien Thomas, Kierstin Berry, Emily Cernick, Kathryn Ausema and Arianna Hall.