Muncie Central defeats three-time defending champ to win State Fair Band Day title

Winner Muncie Central. Photo Courtesy: Indiana State Fair
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The Spirit of Muncie Band and Guard, newly formed after the consolidation of the Muncie Central and Muncie Southside High Schools, can call itself State Fair champions.  For the first time in four years, a band other than Winchester Community High School has won the Musical Travel Consultants Indiana State Fair Band Day competition.

The bands from the two schools got a head start on the transition this past April and began competing together this summer, before the schools officially combined this fall. Performing their show entitled “The Anatomy of Composition: Poetry, Art & Music,” the Spirit of Muncie won the top prize, something that Muncie Southside had not been able to do since 2008 and Muncie Central hadn’t done since 1953. The band is directed by Jeramiah Bowman and H. Clay Arnett.

“Winning feels amazing,” said drum major Raegan Gordon. “I just knew that we were going to win.”

Winchester slipped just one notch this year to second place while Richmond High School followed close behind in third. Here is Saturday night’s “Sweet 16” final placing:

1. Muncie Central High School

2. Winchester Community High School

3. Richmond High School

4. Anderson High School

5. Centerville High School

6. Jay County High School

7. Noblesville High School

8. Northeastern Jr./Sr. High School

9. Kokomo High School

10. Hagerstown Jr./Sr. High School

11. Monroe Central Jr./Sr. High School

12. Mooresville High School

13. Southmont High School

14. Frankton Jr./Sr. High School

15. Yorktown High School

16. West Lafayette High School

Story Courtesy:  Indiana State Fair