Home | News | Contact Us | Subscribe | Advertise | Classifieds
Subscription Home The Times of Noblesville, IN | Noblesville, in

Subscription Login
LOGIN | SUBSCRIBE

Home

News
• Local News
• County News
• Hamilton North
• Sheridan
• Westfield
• Fishers
• Carmel
• State News
• School News
• Health News
• Entertainment
• Business News
• Engagement Announcement
• Wedding Announcements
• Anniversary Announcement
• Special section: Soil & Water Conservation District, Feb. 23, 2015
• Memorial Day service, Hamilton County War Memorial, Noblesville, May 25, 2015
• Meeting agendas
• Marriage Licenses
• Health & Awareness special section, Oct. 30, 2015
• Election Fall 2015 candidates
• Dean's list
• Club News
• Birth Announcement
• 2016 May Primary Election
• 2015 May primary election
• 2015 Hamilton County 4-H Fair
• 2014 General Election
Sports
Obituaries
Opinion Page
Columnists
E-Edition
Photo Galleries
Calendar
Traffic Cams
Community
Classifieds
Notices
Closings
Life
Extras
Webcasts
Links
The Times Video
Police Blotter
Faith
Puzzles
Marriage licenses
Newspapers In Education
2017 Readers' Choice


J. David McChesney
1up!
Expertise: Web Site Marketing
1up!




home : news : local news August 21, 2017


8/6/2017 3:38:00 PM
'Siren' lures title to Millers
Noblesville wins State Fair Band Day competition
Photo providedThe 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 provided

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 AllenThe 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.
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

Auxiliary Kokomo Centerville Blue River Valley


By Sydney Allen


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."



Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, August 7, 2017
Article comment by: Stanley Huff

Congratulations from a member of the last Marching Millers band to share the title with you!



Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to send us your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, who may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   



Advanced Search



ExtrasWebcasts
Home | News | Contact Us | Subscribe | Advertise | Classifieds

© 2017
The Times
a division of Sagamore News Media
920 S. Logan St, Suite 101 Noblesville, IN 46060
(317) 770-7777


Software © 1998-2017 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved