8/6/2017 3:38:00 PM 'Siren' lures title to Millers Noblesville wins State Fair Band Day competition
The Noblesville High School Marching Millers finished first at the Indiana State Fair Band Day competition Saturday. The Millers almost made a clean sweep of the Caption Awards, taking first in four of the five categories.
Photo by Sydney Allen
The Marching Millers go through its routine during Saturday’s Band Day competition at the Indiana State Fair. Noblesville won the contest for the first time since 1952.
Band Day Awards
2017 Indiana State Fair Band Day Top 10
1 92.600 Noblesville
2 91.000 Winchester Community
3 90.750 Jay County (Portland)
4 88.400 Kokomo
5 88.150 Anderson
6 86.300 Northeastern (Fountain City)
7 85.050 Centerville
8 84.175 Hagerstown
9 82.650 Decatur County (Greensburg)
10 82.475 Muncie Central
Preliminary Caption Awards
Category Class AAA Class AA Class A
Music Noblesville Centerville Monroe Central
Visual Noblesville Decatur County Monroe Central
General Effect Noblesville Centerville Monroe Central
Percussion Noblesville Decatur County Monroe Central
INDIANAPOLIS - The Noblesville High School Marching Millers won the Indiana State Fair Band Day competition Saturday evening for the first time since 1952, earning them the honors as "Indiana's Best Band" for 2017.
The last time the Millers won the competition, President Harry Truman was entering his final months in office, Herman Lawson was the mayor of Noblesville and Noblesville's population had just breached 6,000 residents.
But the Millers broke their 65-year dry streak last night with their "Sirens" themed performance, based on the ancient-Greek, mythological monsters.
The 131-member band also won four out of five caption awards, which are given to the band that scored the highest in each individual category.
For class AAA Noblesville took first in the musical, visual, general effect and percussion categories, and it received the second most points in the auxiliary category.
The Millers won with a score of 92.6 out of 100 points. The Force of Winchester, from Winchester Community High School got runner up with 91 points and the Jay County marching patriots, from Portland got third place with 90.75 points.
Band Director Eric Thornbury said that he knew this band would be special going into the summer.
"I am really excited," he said. "Really proud. I said early on before we ever started competing that this was a special group and that things were going really, really well. I was hopeful. I wanted the kids to see that the kind of season that they had and working well together equals success."
Saturday's win comes on the tail of a preseason where the Millers won three consecutive invitational competitions.
Thornbury credits the success of the band to its student leaders.
"I think a lot of our success started with the Drums majors," Thornbury said. "To have that kind of leadership from the get-go, it really set the tone. The other students have more impact on each other than I do. I never realized how much our student leaders impact the rest of the band. It started with our drill leaders, and all of the section leaders. They were just outstanding."
For the seniors in the band, Saturday's victory marked a bittersweet end to their outdoor Marching band careers.
"Today's my last day at the State Fair," said Zach Brumfield, 16-year-old senior drum major. "It's really exciting and a little sad at the same time. It's such a cool experience I wish I could come back every year."
And parents weren't immune to the sentimentality of the evening either. Mellissa Lawson, parent to freshman color guard member McKatelyn Lawson and senior alto saxophone player Riley Lawson said Marching Band was a true family affair this year.
"He was probably the main reason that she bought into it, because this is the only year that they're together," she said. "I only made it through the first song before I started bawling. They put so much time into it. And so, when they say this is our family, they mean it. This is our band family and it takes a village to raise them all. I'm proud to be a part of this."
Posted: Monday, August 7, 2017
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Congratulations from a member of the last Marching Millers band to share the title with you!