Emerald Command completes successful season
The Cloverdale Emerald Command finished a very successful marching band season recently by winning the Martinsville Fall Foliage Festival parade contest.
The students combined excellence in marching and playing to outdistance the other competing groups.
Being the repeat champions was especially enjoyable for senior Mark Tyler, who serves as one of the drum majors for the band.
"Having the experience two years in a row is awesome, but it isn't all me," Tyler said. "It is everyone else too. We did a great job, and I am so proud of everyone. We have all worked hard and the payoff is the joy that we feel. We will always remember this achievement."
Participating at the Indiana State School Music Association Festival Class marching Band contest, the band earned a gold rating from each of the professionals judging the event in areas of musicianship, marching, general effect of the show, and more.
One of the judges gave his best score of the entire day to the group.
Placing second out of nine groups at the Hamilton Southeastern contest was another result that the students took great pride in realizing.
The band's first field show contest was at Columbus North High School, after playing at the IU Band Day, and the group placed third in Class A out of eight bands.
Student members for the field show contest included Brittany Wallace, Taylor Ehmen, Hannah Ramey, Jacob Williams, Kyle Manion, Robert St. John, Taulbee Jackson, Jon Dorman, Ethan Walker, Mike Walters, Mimi Short, Codey Jacobson, Ethan Williamson, Keith Cassida, Sarah Collenbaugh, Travis Roberson, Brady Bundy, Jaquan Moore, Mark Tyler, Tyler Carrell, Tim Everhart, Leif Parker, Mike Jackson, Corey Jacobson, Angela Manning, Cassi Gramer, Travis Jackson, Miranda Tate, Nicole Schrout, Shanna Schmutte, Makayla Frey, Toni Lantis, Mikala Jacobson, and Rachael Short.
Joining these students for the parade contest were Katie Walters, Shawn Collett, Nick Hathorn, Zach Hall, Brad Johnson, Ashley Grove, Cady Scott and Dallas Jackson.
Several students were selected to play in Indiana Bandmasters Association Honor Bands in November.
On Nov. 14 and 15, these students will be representing Cloverdale: Mark Tyler , trumpet; Taylor Ehmen, clarinet; Hannah Ramey, clarinet; Jaquan Moore, tuba; Keith Cassida, trombone; and Tim Everhart, percussion.
Cloverdale High School will be hosting the IBA All-Region group, where 26 schools from west-central Indiana will be sending representative student musicians.
Members from Cloverdale are: Taulbee Jackson, tenor sax; Kyle Manion, alto sax; Robert St. John, alto sax; Jacob Williams, alto sax; and Ethan Williamson, trumpet.