Members of the Cougar Pride embrace in triumph after the judges declared the band state champion.

INDIANAPOLIS — Greenfield-Central’s marching band had something to prove.

Missing last year’s state band competition season after it was called off because of the pandemic, the band was eager to to try build on its 2019 state championship,

On Saturday, Nov. 6, the 150 members of the Cougar Pride Marching Band constructed a pretty good sequel: They were crowned state champions in their class at the state band competition at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Having worked since summer on its show, called “rAMPed Up,” the band, directed by Chris Wing, had dealt with uncertainty brought on by lingering pandemic restrictions. But the band persevered through multiple tense rounds of competition to once again rise to the top in Open Class B.

New Palestine High School’s Marching Dragons, appearing in the competition for the first time in 14 years, finished ninth.

A complete report — including a page of photographs — will appear in the Tuesday edition of the Daily Reporter.