Students achieve high success at band, guard competitions

FORTVILLE — Mt. Vernon High School band and guard participants are celebrating after a successful year at competition.

The Mt. Vernon Indoor Percussion Ensemble earned state runner up at the Indiana Percussion Association finals recently, and the varsity guard team earned 8th place at their state finals, wrote Maria Bond, Mt. Vernon High School director of community relations in an email to the Daily Reporter.

The school district’s indoor percussion team had not participated in state contest since 2014 because the team didn’t have enough participants at the time; they now boast 17 members and will have 23 next year, Bond said.

The 8th grade band earned a gold rating at the Indiana State School Music Association organization contest recently as well, she said.

Big winners

Mt. Vernon High School students in band and guard have earned high honors at recent competitions. Here’s a few of the accolades earned this year:

  • Indoor Percussion – Indiana Percussion Association State Runner-Up
  • Varsity Winter Guard – Indiana High School Color Guard Association State Finals 8th Place
  • Marching Band – Indiana State School Music Association Scholastic State Finals 7th Place
  • Solo & Ensemble – 40 percent of high school band advances to ISSMA State Finals
  • Solo & Ensemble – 80 percent of State Finalists earn Gold Rating
  • High School Band – Carnegie Hall Performance, March 20
  • 8th Grade Band – ISSMA Gold Rating