The Chesterton High School Trojan Guard Marching Band traveled to Goshen, Indiana this past Saturday to participate with 14 other Northern Indiana bands in the Goshen High School Crimson Invitational.
The Open Class “A” competition was won by the 200-member Penn Kingsmen from Mishawaka, who scored a 65.25. Second place was captured by the 93-member Chesterton Trojan Guard with a final score of 60.05. Third place honors went to the members of Elkhart Memorial’s Crimson Charger band scoring 56.35. Earning fourth place with a score of 55.45 went to the Tiger’s Pride of Warsaw, Indiana.
“The kids did a great job for their first competition of the season, so now we’re all just really excited to see what the kids can do as the season heats up,” said Laura Masty, CHS band parent.
This early season invitational is a precursor to the upcoming Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) competitions that will begin in early October. The results of the ISSMA competitions will then decide which groups will qualify to perform in Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, October 29 as part of the ISSMA State Marching Band Championship event.
The Trojan Guard’s 2016 Production is entitled “Tangled” and contains music inspired by the Themes of J.S. Bach. The production consists of a four movement musical score including: Mvmt. I “Twisted Minuet,” Mvmt. II “Neo-Toccata,” Mvmt. III “Modern Ayre,” and Mvmt. IV “Fugue Fantasia.”
The 93 students in the Trojan Guard include Amera Abuhakmeh, Victoria Adams, Keyon Allen, Bianca Alvarez, Hailey Ayala, Abby Billings, Kris Bodie, Kelsey Bolton, Aaron Brookhouse, Kaitlyn Brueggert, Katie Budzius, Colin Campbell, Olivia Cappos, Andrew Cernick, Alyssa Cole, Madison Comfort, Mercedes Cooper, Adam Davis, Gavin Dooley, Tristan Dooley, Naomi Draus, Dani Else, Annabelle Engel, Laura Estridge, Garrett Fairbanks, Andrew Figg, Sailor Franklin, Toby Franklin, Emmie Fredrickson, Jessica Fuller, Izabelle Galvin-Ellis, David Gerth, Josh Guzek, Anthony Hampton, James Hawley, Ally Henry, Nathan Herr, Ryan Herr, David Hodgkiss, Mark Hodgkiss, Henry Hoham, Harleah Hufstedler, Hollie Jones, Jack Jones, David Kosakowski, Sadie Kidd, Conner Kilander, Holly Kittredge, Carlie Kocoj, Nate Kravitz, Zachary Lane, Anthony Langley, Olivia Lee, Abbey Leffert, Hannah Maluvac, Madison McCall, Shaye McCarthy, Reagan McCoy, Aidan McNicholas, Clare McNicholas, Elissa McNicholas, Jackie Moehl, Abby Morris, Kaylee Mullins, Holly Muszynski, Madison Muszynski, Violet Needham, Liam Oberlander, Mary Oberlander, Eli Ontiveros, Abby Palmer, Bryan Pamintuan, Nolan Poczekay, Regan Kistner, Dylan Rodriguez, Samantha Runions, Kylie Sabol, Sydney Sarver, Delaney Schavey, Alec Schmidt, Chris Sexton, Ashley Shideler, Brett Sivadon, Savannah Sivadon, Ayssa Thompson, Hunter Torres, Alissa VanNoort, Shayne Wassell, Jacob Weitzel, Brooke Wilson, Harley Wines, Jacob Winland and Trojan Guard Drum Major Trey Bonnema.
The Trojan Guard is under the direction of Michael Scheiber with assistance by Vincent Arizzi. Additional staff includes Lisa Scheiber-color guard director, Kylene Mitchell-color guard assistant, Matt Christensen-marching tech and Jeff Wroblewski-drill design.
For additional information regarding the Trojan Guard, or any band activity, please contact the CHS Music Department at 983-3730. The next competition for the Trojan Guard will be Saturday, September 17 at the ‘Minutemen Invitational,” hosted by Concord High Cchool of Elkhart, Indiana. The next local performance by the band will be at the CHS football pre-game festivities on Friday, September 23 when the ChestertonTrojans take on the Portage High School Indians.