The Chesterton High School Trojan Guard Marching Band traveled to Penn High
School in Mishawaka, Indiana this past Saturday to compete, along with 29
other Northern Indiana bands, in the Penn Kingsmen’s “Carnival of Bands”
The Class “A” competition was won by Ft. Wayne’s Homestead Spartan Alliance
with a score of 80.15. Capturing the second place trophy in Class “A” was
the Crimson Marching Band from Goshen, Indiana, with a score of 74.60. Third
place honors went to the Carroll Charger Pride Band who scored a 73.50.
The 80-member CHS Trojan Guard took fourth place with a score of 64.95. The
LaPorte High School marching band rounded out the top five competitors with
a score of 63.20. The “Big Orange Pride” from Ft. Wayne Northrop High School
scored six 62.10 for sixth place. Seventh place went to the Panther Marching
Band, of Ft. Wayne Snider High School, with a score of 60.90. A score of
59.75 was earned by the Tiger’s Pride of Warsaw, Indiana, and Portage High
School’s Pride of Portage completed the Class “A” competition with a score
This early season invitational is a precursor to the upcoming Indiana State
School Music Association (ISSMA) competitions that will begin in early
October. The results of the ISSMA competitions will decide which groups
qualify to perform in Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 2, in the ISSMA
State Championship event.
ISSMA has traditionally organized the Indiana competitive marching band
circuit into four classes, (Open A-B-C-D) based on the student enrollment.
This season, ISSMA is offering two additional competitive classes based on
band size. These classes are known as Scholastic “A”, designed to include
bands from larger schools, (“Open” Class A and B) that may currently have
bands of 125 members or less. Those bands that normally compete in the
classes with smaller school enrollment, (“Open” classes C and D) now have
the option of competing in Scholastic “B” Class, designed for C and D sized
schools that currently have bands of 65 members or less.
The Trojan Guard’s 2013 field show is entitled: “Cathedrals,” an artistic
celebration of the great gothic era architecture using various musical ideas
that have originated over the last 12 centuries.
There are 80 students in the Trojan Guard, including 40 woodwinds and brass
players, 15 percussionists, 24 color guard members, and one drum major.
Members of the 2013 Trojan Guard include: Kathryn Ausema, Jacob Barnes,
Mariah Bement, Trey Bonnema, Teagan Bowen, Diva Bridegroom, Sariah Brimberry
Zach Caprous, Emily Cernick, Belle Chandler, Nick DeHenes, Naomi Draus,
Justice Eiden, Annabelle Engel, Jacob Espinoza, Riley Franklin, Sailor
Franklin, Annie Friday, Alexis Gaines, Izabelle Galvin Ellis, Alysa Garriott,
Amanda Gillespie, Betsy Goysich, Arianna Hall, Seth Halpin, Matt Hampton,
Hayley Hardesty, James Hawley, Alli Henry, Hailey Hickey, Loren Hodgkiss,
Rowan Holsen, Amanda Isbister, Brandon Jackett, Samantha Johnson, Curtis
Jones, Jack Jones, Olivia Kaiser, Henry Keller, David Kosakowski, Austin
Krafft, Sam Kravitz, Brittney Kress, Michael Lipinski, Nicole Luberski,
Shania Lubarski, Jackson Lucken, Bobby Maletta, Hannah Maluvac, Skylar
McElheny, Taylor McElheny, Emily Mellin, Nathan McCall, Elissa McNicholas,
Allie Ordziejewski, Spencer Ostrega, Fred Owens, Joel Peterson, Nathan
Poczekay, Robert Rosenau, Zach Royko, Hayley Sabol, Joe Sabol, Kylie Sabol,
Natalie Stemler, Colin St.Mary, Laura Stepanovich, Garrett Swanson, Brittany
Tanner, Damien Thomas, Madison Thorne, Valerie Valerio, Abi Vallangeon,
Alexi Vander Vinne, Zoe Vander Vinne, Alissa VanNoorte, Jaynellen Waelde,
Sydney Walker, and Abby Wright.
The Drum Major for the Trojan Guard is Ms. Erin McNicholas.
The Trojan Guard is under the direction of Michael Scheiber with assistance
by Vincent Arizzi. Additional staff includes Lisa Scheiber, color guard
director; Jeff Wroblewski, drill design.
For additional information regarding the Trojan Guard or any band activity,
contact the CHS Music Department at 983-3730.
Performance at CHS Friday
The next performance by the Trojan Guard will be this Friday, Oct. 4, at the
halftime of the CHS home football game when the Trojans take on the Indians
of Lake Central High School.
The next competition for the Trojan Guard will be this Saturday, Oct. 5, at
Plymouth High School, in the Harvest Festival band competition.
The Chesterton High School Music Department and Band Boosters are seeking
alumni and parents of alumni to assist with hosting the ISSMA Regional at
C.H.S. on Saturday, October 19. Some 26 Class “A” and class “C” bands are
scheduled to compete throughout the day and a great deal of help is needed
to make this event a success.
“This is a wonderful time for alumni to get involved again and to remember
the days when this organization helped to shape their lives,” said Scheiber.
“If they can pour soft drinks, park a car, make change, put a hotdog on a
bun, or guide a band, their help in supporting the members of today’s Trojan
Guard is needed, and it will be greatly appreciated.”
Those interested in assisting with the Regional are strongly urged to
contact the CHS Band Booster Chairman Kris Engel at 219-764-4480 at their
earliest possible convenience. Or contact the CHS Music Dept. at 983-3730