Post & Mail photo / David Purvis-Fenker: The drumline performs choreography behind the band during the Marching Eaglesâ€™ performance Saturday.
CHESTERTON â€” The Columbia City High School Marching Eagles performed at the Indiana State School Music Associationâ€™s Class B Regional competition Saturday at Chesterton High School, garnering a silver rating.
The Marching Eagles competed against 14 other bands â€” 10 of which will continue on to the semi-state level competition in two weeks.
The bandâ€™s show this year was titled â€śFlight of Fantasy,â€ť featuring music from the Final Fantasy game series composed by Nobuo Uematsu.
The bandâ€™s leader pointed out the groupâ€™s rigorous rehearsal schedule, which begins before the school year.
â€śWe started working on the show in the first week of June this year,â€ť said Helen Hockemeyer, director of bands at Columbia City High School.
In the time since then, the Marching Eagles have spent more than 10 hours each week in rehearsal fine-tuning the show.
The Marching Eagles were the first band to perform for the Class B competition, taking the field at 4:51 p.m. and marching their most emotional show of the year, according to Hockemeyer.
Gold at regional competition is always a goal for the Marching Eagles, and each year the band works itself closer to that goal, Hockemeyer said.