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Baron Brigade Wins First Contest!

posted Sep 9, 2014, 5:39 AM by webmaster dhs   [ updated Sep 9, 2014, 5:40 AM ]

Baron Brigade Wins First Contest!

BLUFFTON — After DeKalb High School’s marching band put its 2014 competition show on the field for the first time Saturday, director Terry Fisher said the band gave off a glow.

The Baron Brigade debuted its fall show, “Find Your Fortune,” at Bluffton High School’s On The Banks of the Wabash contest over the weekend. The band topped its Class B competition, East Noble and New Haven, with a score of 58.70 and swept the music, visual and general effect awards.

“The kids had a strong performance,” Fisher said. “Coming out they were all fired up. It was very cool.”

“Find Your Fortune” was inspired by phrases found in fortune cookies, Fisher said. It features music from Beethoven’s “Ode To Joy,” and devotes each of its four movements to a different theme, including joy and dreams.

The show also features oriental-themed props, though the show has no oriental music, Fisher said. A giant takeout container, soy sauce bottle and chopsticks adorn the field, as well as two dragons facing each other.

“It’s really cool,” Fisher said.
Though he hoped the band would score above 60 on its first week out, Fisher said it isn’t a big deal. In years past, the band has scored anywhere from 58 to 62 at the Bluffton event.

“There’s always a numbers game they play at this show,” he said.
The band has yet to put the fourth movement of the show on the field. Fisher said it would sit this weekend out, too. DeKalb will perform in exhibition at it plays host to its own marching band invitational Saturday.

The annual DeKalb Marching Band Invitational will start at 4 p.m. Saturday at the high school and will feature 18 bands. Adult tickets cost $6, and student/senior tickets are $4. Fisher said everything is looking good for the event.
“If we had to do this tomorrow, we would be ready,” he said.

The band will continue to refine aspects of the show it has been working on in rehearsals, Fisher said. Some musical moments need work, and the band members’ feet could be better, he said. But they’re looking forward to another successful season.
“Everyone’s got that buzz,” Fisher said.

Article from The Star Newspaper

Written by By Jacob Klopfenstein