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EDITORIAL: Editorials: Congratulations to bands on seeing hard work pay off

August 6, 2014

The Herald Bulletin, Anderson, Ind.

Aug. 06--Musical talent is something very few of us are blessed with. And sometimes we less-musically inclined don't appreciate how difficult those skills are to hone and perfect.

It isn't just about belting out a few bars, twinkling your fingers across the keys or banging on a drum. Like anything that takes a special talent to perform, music requires hours of practice and untold sacrifices. It also demands a particular passion to achieve to reach the highest levels of success.

And, in the case of marching band, an ability to learn complicated choreography, wear uncomfortable uniforms in the summer heat and remember all the right notes while playing in front of a massive crowd. All at the same time.

That's why all members of the four Madison County bands that performed at Indiana State Fair Band Day on Saturday deserve our appreciation. Putting in hours upon hours of practice during the summer just to make it to that stage is an impressive showing by these youngsters from Elwood, Lapel, Frankton and Anderson.

Just as impressive were the bands' results.

Anderson continued a long tradition of making the finals at the state fair and started a new one, by placing in the top five yet again. The Marching Highlanders took fourth for the second consecutive year and for the third time in the last four years. It's hard to imagine that a repeat of their 2010 championship is out of reach in the coming years.

Frankton's Marching Eagles also made the finals, one of the smaller bands to achieve the feat. The Eagles placed 14th, an accomplishment Frankton band members hope brings more students to their ranks.

And while Elwood and Lapel didn't advance to the final 16, the bands did gain valuable experience that could push them even farther next year.

Band members don't often receive the praise and respect athletes do from anyone outside their families and close-knit circle of friends. But all students, whether they take part in band, sports, student government or volunteer groups, deserve accolades for striving to do more and pursuing it with the passion that makes life interesting.

Kudos to every piccolo, trumpet or trombone player, drum major or member of the drum corps and flag or rifle twirling specialist of the color guard. We can't wait to hear and see what you do next.

Online To see photo galleries from Band Day, visit and search for "Band Day."


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