“They have practiced very hard and have shown determination and desire to be all they can be this Saturday,” Hinshaw said. “I know whatever they do they will be successful.”
Going up against Lewis Cass will be Eastern’s Comet Command, who will also perform in the Class D competition.
For the last five years, the band has made it four times to the state finals. Since 1985, they’ve made 16 total trips, but have yet to claim the title.
Band director Joel Matthews said he hopes to change that this year with their program called “Outside the Box.”
With its 62 members, the band will perform original music published just this year depicting how people get beyond the boundaries placed around them.
“The moral of the story is to think outside the box,” Matthews said.
He said he hopes the band will come home with a state title Saturday, but that isn’t the real goal.
“I just want them to go and put on their best show, and to keep improving with every performance,” Matthews said. “Winning a title would just be icing on the cake.”
In total, there are four ISSMA competition classes based on school size. Each state final performance class will feature 10 bands from around Indiana.
The entire day of competition begins at 9 am. Western will take the field at 2:33 p.m. The Class D competition begins at 4:30 p.m. with Eastern, followed by Lewis Cass at 4:43 p.m.
Tickets for the full day are $20 for adults and $18 for children ages 3 to 18. Children under 3 will be admitted free. Each band will be given a limited number of tickets to sell to band families. Tickets can be purchased at the Lucas Oil Stadium box office windows the day of competition.
Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pharos-Tribune reporter Amie Sites contributed to this story.