INDIANAPOLIS - The Sheridan High School Blackhawk Marching Band closed their summer with some fun at the Indiana State Fair Band Day competition Saturday, finishing 27th out of 49 bands.
The troupe wowed fans with a "The legend of Robin Hood" themed performance, caching in on the dramatic, action-packed story by including everything from "beheadings" to a romance.
Even though the score might not be what the Blackhawks were looking for, the improvement throughout the season made it worth it for some.
"At the beginning of the season I felt nervous that we wouldn't have it together, but now that I see everyone I'm so proud," said junior color guard member Sabrina Light, who played Maid Marian in the performance. "We've seen huge improvements. At the beginning of the season we had no choreography ad now we have six equipment changes. I think that they're as ready as can possibly be for this. We're excited and they're pumped. They're in the zone I feel and ready to play"
The students played a piece entitled "Band in the Forest."
During the show, the lead character, Robin Hood, played by junior mellophonist Scott Miller, had to rescue Maid Marian, played by Light, after she is captured by the Sherriff of Nottingham's men. The show features a complex battle scene complete with color guard flags shaped like bows and arrows.
The show's technical and musical difficulty presented some added challenges for the students,
"We've created a very difficult show with a lot of visual movement in it, and very difficult music to play. And we've tried to give them all the tools in how to do that successfully," said Patrick Cronin, Sheridan band director. "We like to be competitive and entertaining, but because of those difficulties, it's both our strength and our weakness. When you're doing hard things, to do them really, really well is really difficult. "
Even with the difficult piece, the team let their characteristic enthusiasm pour through to the audience at every point of the competition.
"We had a little bit of a rocky start but everyone seemed like they were having fun" Libby Doublestein, assistant Band Director said in regards to the performance. "That's really what it's all about."
The group of 27 met at Sheridan High School at 5 a.m. to make it to the state fairgrounds by 6:30 a.m., starting practice bright and early to get an edge on the competition.