The Chesterton High School Trojan Guard Marching Band brought home the title
of Indiana State School Music Association’s (ISSMA) 2013 Scholastic Class
“A” State Champion, held this past Saturday. The event was hosted by
Lawrence Central High School of Indianapolis on behalf of ISSMA Inc.
The Trojan Guard’s 2013 field show entitled, “Cathedrals,” is a musical
celebration of the great gothic era architecture using various melodies that
originated in these magnificent structures over the last 12 centuries.
On October 12, three high schools, including one each from the Northern,
Central, and Southern portions of Indiana, hosted the Scholastic Class
Preliminary competitions. The results of these competitions determined which
scholastic class bands would qualify to move on to State Finals. A total of
16 bands made it through these preliminary events, giving them the chance to
compete head-to-head at the ISSMA State Scholastic Finals.
“We couldn’t be happier for the kids” said Band Director Michael Scheiber.
“They’ve worked very hard and overcome a lot of obstacles to make it this
far. Their success just reaffirms the value of preparation and a sincere
belief in yourself,” he added.
The band entered Chesterton late Saturday night behind the lights and sirens
of two local police vehicles that met the group at the edge of town and
escorted them to the high school. Scores of Trojan Guard relatives, friends,
and alumni were waiting to welcome the band with signs waving, and horns
honking. “It was just like the good old days when the band came home after
winning state,” said Suzi Galvin, former drum major and staff member of the
The band will use this week to prepare for their performance in
Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 2, as part of the "Open
Class" State Finals. There will also be an awards ceremony after their
performance recognizing them as the new Scholastic Class “A” State
There are 80 students in the Trojan Guard, 40 woodwind 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 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 and Jeff
Wroblewski, drill design.
For additional information regarding the Trojan Guard or any band activity,
please contact the CHS Music Department at 983-3730.