¬† 11/04/13 On Saturday, November 2nd, the ‚ÄúPride of Plymouth‚ÄĚ marching band made history by performing for the first time ever in the Indiana State School Music Association’s Class B state finals events.¬†¬† The band made their first-ever trip to state finals in Class C in 2010.
¬† After rehearsing and spending the evening at a hotel near Indianapolis, the band arrived on site at Lucas Oil Stadium at 7:00 a.m. to get dressed and ready for their performance.¬† By 8:40 a.m., the band was heading down the ramp into the underground loading area under the stadium for physical and music warm up.¬† ‚ÄúIt was pretty overwhelming and the nervous energy was showing in the kids.¬†¬† Students were a mix of smiles and fear as the stadium is just so magnificent and gigantic.‚ÄĚ
¬† The band members warmed up inside convention halls in the lower levels of the stadium and then headed to the tunnel that leads onto the field.¬† ‚ÄúThat was probably one of the most amazing moments of the day.¬†¬† Walking out that tunnel and immediately seeing the inside of the stadium from field level.¬† Looking up at thousands of people sitting up in those stands, the giant video screens and digital displays scrolling around the stadium, and the massive overhead ceiling was just a breath-taking moment.¬† The huge eyes and wide smiles that came across the kids faces were amazing to see.¬†¬† It was a proud moment to know that the hard work and dedication that the kids put in all season allowed them to have this incredible moment in time.‚ÄĚ
¬† The band took the field at 10:10 a.m., and began their state finals performance right on time at 10:13 a.m.¬†¬† Within moments of the start of the show, the crowd came alive to cheers of excitement for the Pride of Plymouth.¬† ‚ÄúPersonally, I forced myself to keep my nerves in the back of my mind and I just wanted to watch the final performance and take in every moment of that show.¬†¬† I had to fight back some emotion during the performance because the kids were doing such a great job and it was hard to keep it in knowing that these kids had earned every moment of this experience through months of hard work and dedication.¬† This moment was no longer about competition, it was simply about celebrating that final chance to perform and make history.‚ÄĚ¬†¬† Senior drum major Jessica Beagle said, ‚ÄúThe performance was the most thrilling thing I’ve experienced in my life.¬† It was definitely unforgettable!‚ÄĚ
¬† During the award ceremony, every band was called on the field in full retreat formation.¬† The entire stadium floor was filled with nearly a thousand band members in uniform representing the top ten marching bands in the state in Class B.¬† ‚ÄúTo even be standing on that floor and a part of something so amazing was an honor.¬† We were the new guys to finals and the only band there that had never stood on that filed and had never been there before in Class B,‚ÄĚ said Ames.¬†¬† Senior band member Shelby Haisley also enjoyed her final moments as a member of the marching band and commented, ‚ÄúThe experience for me was so surreal.¬† I was in awe as we were standing on the field for awards.‚ÄĚ¬†¬†
¬† Plymouth placed tenth during the ceremony and senior drum major Jessica Beagle was caught up close on the giant video screens with a huge smile on her face as she accepted the trophy on behalf of her fellow band members.¬† Jessica, and the rest of the senior class, made history twice as members of the band that advanced in 2010 in Class C and them again this year in Class B.