Congratulations to the Highland High School Marching Trojans in northwest Indiana and the four other bands that performed in a marching band showcase Saturday afternoon.
The bands performed for three to five adjudicators, who evaluated the groups’ musical performance, visual performance, and general effect. But the bands weren’t really competing—at least not against each other. They received Gold or Silver rankings for all three captions.
- Bishop Noll Institute: Silver
- Hobart: Gold in Music and General Effect Achievement
- Calumet: Gold in Music, Visual, and General Effect Achievement
- Michigan City: Gold in Music, Visual, and General Effect Achievement
- Highland: Gold in Music, Visual, and General Effect Achievement
They were instead competing against personal bests, in the hope of excelling.
“We go to these each week, and each time, we think, ‘Can we do better than last week?’ It’s a competition against yourself,” the Post-Tribune quoted Caitlin Liskey, a senior snare drummer at the host school, as saying.
“It’s … sort of thrilling. … This is the final hurrah, so it’s the last mark you’re going to leave on the school and the program. And I’m so happy to have worked with such a great group, it’s overwhelming. This has truly been one of my best years.”