PH Marching Band Season Recap

By: JD Sills

The Marching Arabians had a successful season come to an end in October at Pike High School while competing for an opportunity to make it to State. It was their second year in a row at Semi-State, a feat that had never occurred in Pendleton Heights history.

In September, the band marched onto the field at Fishers High School for the first competition of 2015. Although they didn’t win anything, everyone knew it was still a good run.  Just 3 weeks later, at Homestead High School, despite the cold weather, the Marching Arabians placed 3rd, which was their first trophy of 3rd place or higher of the season. At Plainfield High School, the Marching Arabians earned Gold with distinction in music, effect, and visual. This was the first time that the Marching Arabians earned 3 distinctions at the ISSMA Regional. More practice ensued, and the marching Arabians came into Regionals at Laffayette Jeff with a positive outlook. Not many people outside of Pendleton expected the Marching Arabians to move on, but they did. The Marching Arabians played their hearts out at Pike High School the next week.

After the season was over,  Assistant director of bands Nathan Hochstetler said: “We did great. We progressed throughout the year, and we pushed forward to have a successful season”. Director of bands Chris Taylor was also very impressed with his marching Arabians. He commented on their successful season: “The program keeps growing and we keep putting out a better product each year. This is definitely the strongest we’ve been in my 9 years here.”

In the end, the Marching Arabians didn’t make it to state, but they had a much better season than last year, building toward the future.