The Chesterton High School Trojan Guard Marching Band traveled to Goshen, Indiana this past Saturday to participate with 19 other Northern Indiana bands in the Goshen High School Invitational. The 105-member Trojan Guard captured third place while achieving their highest “Week 1” score in many years. The Open Class A competition was won by the 203-member Homestead Spartan Alliance Band, while second place was taken by the 172-member Carroll Charger Pride.
The Trojan Guard’s 2022 field show entitled, “Something Blue”, features popular musical selections from the 1950’s and 60’s as well as a modern concert work. The pieces include: ‘Blues In The Night’ by Harold Arlen, ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ by George Gershwin, ‘Blue Bossa’ by Kenny Dorham, ‘Blue Rondo a la Turk’ by Dave Brubeck, and ‘Blue Shades’ by Frank Ticheli.
There are 105 students in the Trojan Guard, 67 woodwinds and brass players, 19 percussionists, 17 color guard members and 2 drum majors. Members of the 2022 Trojan Guard include: Gabriela Aden, Jessica Ames, Samantha Ames, Frank Augustyn, Katie Billings, Jillian Boster, Cody Brewer, Kristen Britzke, William Brizendine, Caden Brum, Madison Buckley, Logan Bullard, Anna Burton, Nathaniel Carpentier, Rebecca Carpentier, Abigail Casias, Addison Cole, Wyatt Cole, Emma Comfort, Lydia Comfort, Theresa Connors, Holly Decker, Giovanni DePasquale, Giacomo DePasquale, Adrian Dooley, Sophia Eli, Abigail Elliott, Ethan Elliott-Halinski, Makayla Erickson, Elsa Estridge, Elijah Evensen, Thomas Fadell, Rylan Fields, Mackenna Freeman, Evelyn Gardiner, Miles Gast, Vanessa Godinez, Brayden Gray, Liam Gray, Chloe Hall, Lilly Hardwick, Matthew Haubold, Emma Henze, Max Houghteling, Addison Huffmaster, Toby Ison, Alex Kantowski, Evelyn Kelly, Lila Kollman, Keira Koznarski, Tony Grace Kozyra, Kara Lahaie, Natalie Leensvaart, William Liles, Mike Livovich, Rowen Love, Brianna Manning, Haley Martinez, Kelsey Mason, Addison Mason, Abigail McCarthy, Vincent Mueller, Isabella Muzzalupo, Elizabeth Navarro, Katherine Newbanks, Ally Novreske, Nathaniel Pace, Cameron Pace, Moss Palmer, Baylee Parrott, Kyle Pazdur, Skylar Peffers, Owen Peffers, Aiden Peschke, Lilyanne Peschke, CeCe Post, River Przygoda, Katie Radliff, Ellen Rath, Lake Rodriguez, Ashton Rospierski, Lucy Rutkowski, Rosalie Salentine, Krystina Santiago, Zavier Santiago, Soren Schott, Mike Schwab, Danica Sessions, Nicholas Shade, Logan Snyder, Joshua Spence, Connor Stadler, Mady Street, Bowen Summer, Olivia Sundquist, Gage Teso, Mary Toms, Addisyn Torres, Madysen Vergon, Olivia Vogel, Tiara Wilkerson, Samantha Williams, Caprie Wilson, Bridget Wisdom, and Chloe Wring. The Drum Majors for the Trojan Guard are Skylar Peffers and Bridget Wisdom.
The Trojan Guard is under the direction of Jon Flodder, Matt Christensen, and Vince Arizzi. Additional staff includes Mariah Salyers and Bella Habzansky as Color Guard Directors, Colin Campbell and Lana Wordel as Percussion Directors, Michael DePasquale as Audio Technician, and Jeff Wroblewski as drill design. For additional information regarding the Trojan Guard or any band activity, please contact the CHS Music Department at (219) 983-3730.
The next competition for the Trojan Guard will be Saturday, September 17 at the Concord Invitational, in Elkhart, IN. The next local performance by the band will be at the CHS Homecoming football game and Homecoming parade on Friday, September 23 when the Trojans take on Portage High School.