After a long, hot summer full of rehearsals, band camps, and performances, the Central Indiana Track Show Association summer contest circuit ended with a bang at the 2016 Indiana State Fair on August 6th.
The Force of Winchester Community High School out-marched 48 other bands at Music for All Indiana State Fair Band Day presented by Music Travel Consultants and earned their sixth first place award in 22 appearances at the Indiana State Fair.
This is a fairytale ending for Winchester Community marching band director Douglas Fletcher, who will be retiring from high school directing this year. This win marks Fletcher’s 13th champion title at the Indiana State Fair, with 8 previous small band championships and 3 Class AAA championships. Fletcher led the Force to a score of 92.025 with their performance titled “Colors of Character”. The band pulled out all the stops with illuminated cowboy hats, rainbow flags, and a summer full of hard work.
“We’ve been working really hard this season and it paid off,” says a senior band member. Their dedication did pay off—they went home with a 1st place trophy and a $3,700 cash prize.
Here are last night’s “Sweet 16” final placings:
- Winchester Community High School
- Kokomo High School
- Jay County High School
- Anderson High School
- Northeastern High School
- Noblesville High School
- Richmond High School
- Muncie Central High School
- Centerville High School
- Hagerstown Jr/Sr High School
- Monroe Central Jr/Sr High School
- Blue River Valley Jr/Sr High School
- Decatur County High School
- West Lafayette Jr/Sr High School
- Mooresville High School
- Lebanon High School