13-TIME ISSMA STATE MARCHING BAND FINALIST
11-TIME ISSMA ALL-MUSIC AWARD RECIPIENT
RUNNER-UP AT AVON
IMPROVEMENT AT BROWNSBURG
The Brigade traveled to the Sound of Brownsburg Marching Invitational on Saturday and brought home the Best General Effect caption with their second place finish. They were edged in a very close contest by .08. They will be performing on Saturday, September 23, at 4:54 pm. at the Avon Invitational.
GETTING OFF ON THE (LEFT) RIGHT FOOT
Columbus North was the opening site for the 2017 Bulldog Brigade season and the results of the weekend were outstanding for the Bulldogs. Monrovia finish first in their class for the eighth opening weekend in a row. Additionally, they earned Best Music, Best Visual, Best General Effect, and Best Auxiliary caption awards. It was one of the best opening weekends ever for Monrovia. They will be at Brownsburg High School on Saturday, September 16, at 6:30 pm.
GOLD BRINGS ALL-MUSIC HONORS TO MONROVIA
The Monrovia High School Band competed tonight at the ISSMA Organizational Contest and received a Gold rating on their three prepared pieces. They also received a Gold rating with distinction on their sight-reading. By earning a Gold at the ISSMA Organizational Contest, Monrovia earned an 11th Indiana State School Music Association All-Music Award. The award is given to groups that earn Gold ratings in marching band, concert band, and jazz contests while also sending at least one soloist and one ensemble to Solo and Ensemble State Finals. This is the eighth straight All-Music Award for Monrovia Bands.
GOLDEN NIGHT FOR JAZZ
The Monrovia Jazz Band performed in the ISSMA Jazz Festival at Brownsburg East Middle School and came away with a Gold rating for their performance. The Jazz Band will be performing this Wednesday at the annual Shamrock Game, a fund raiser for the high school yearbook where our seniors play alumni in basketball game. They will also have three remaining performances on the school year. On Saturday, March 18, the Jazz Band will perform at the Plainfield Barnes & Noble at our annual Book Fair. The band will perform at 1:00, 3:30, and 6:00 pm. We benefit when people tell their cashier at check-out they are supporting Monrovia.
The Swing Into Spring will take place on May 12 and May 13. This annual dinner/dance will feature great music from the 1920's to 2017 provided by the Monrovia Jazz Band. Seating is reserved and tickets go on sale April 3 for $20/seat, $5 for age 6 and under. The dinner will consist of baked ziti, vegetables, breadsticks, and a cheesecake desert donated by Gourmet's Delight. There will also be a silent auction both nights with some incredible items available for bidding. All in all this is an incredible weekend that is the culmination of great work by our Jazz Band members and Booster organization. We hope you will consider joining the fun!
SOLO & ENSEMBLE SUCCESS
Monrovia Bands were well represented this past Saturday at the ISSMA Solo & Ensemble contest. All solos and ensembles registered in Group I that received a Gold rating will advance to ISSMA Solo & Ensemble State Finals on February 25. State Finalist soloists are Nolan Abell, Jack Atwell, Wade Adair, Ethan Barber, Taylor Bowling, Bryton Brown, Jacob Bryson, Jordan Clark, Savannah Lanham, Ashley Parker, Jared Poston, Jason Scaife, Justin Scaife, Taylor Stierwalt, Ashley Trudeau, Michaela Tucker, Dominic Vogel, Austin Walts, Alex Willett, Andrew Willett, and Gavin Wise. Ensemble members who are advancing to State Finals are Jack Atwell, Ethan Barber, Taylor Bowling, Bryton Brown, Jacob Bryson, Jordan Clark, TJ Clark, Madison Collings, Tyler Corona, Sam Cox, Liz Koons, Jared Poston, Craig Smith, Michaela Tucker, and Derrick Willsey. Advancing to State in two ensembles are Wade Adair, Brock Johnson, Alex Willett, and Andrew Willett.
Other soloists receiving Gold ratings were: Sam Allen, Emma Belcher, Riley Corona, Matthew Gillie, Max Gillie, Evelina Harwell, Alexa Huffman, Emily Huffman, Madison Huffman, Luci Jeffries, Lilli Jeffries, Parker Lee, Heather Parker, Dawson Peters, Craig Smith, Cooper Trigg, Corey Trudeau, Brennon Williams, Whitney Willett, Collin Wise, and Gavin Wise.
Group I Silver ratings were earned by soloists TJ Clark, Madison Collings, Taylor Fox, Brock Johnson, Meghan Johnson, Savannah Lanham, Mia McCracken, Patrick Skillern, Conner Walts, and Morgan Walts. Madison Collings, Karissa Hull, Meghan Johnson, Savannah Lanham, Ashley Parker, Jason Scaife, Justin Scaife, Taylor Stierwalt, Ashley Trudeau, and Morgan Walts were also in Group I ensembles receiving Silver ratings.
Soloists earning silver ratings were Olivia Collins, Tyler Corona, Taylor Fox, Tyler Hall, Alex Hepworth, Karissa Hull, Brayden Millick, Nathan Peters, Ian Ritter, Veronica Torres, Monica Williamson, and Derrick Willsey. The ensemble of Taylor Fox, Michaela Tucker and Taylor Bowling also received a Silver rating.
In total, we will be sending 21 solos and five ensembles from Monrovia to State Finals.
SAVE THE DATE: BAND CAMP 2018................................................JULY 9-14
ISSMA MARCHING BAND STATE FINALS
On the grandest stage for Indiana bands, Monrovia finished in seventh place at the 2016 ISSMA Marching Band State Finals. Another class of graduating seniors move through the program never knowing anything but State Finals appearances. The Bulldog Brigade completed a fantastic run to earn their placing at Finals. They will now turn their attention to the Mid-States Band Association Class AA Championships coming on November 5, at Miamisburg High School in Ohio. The Brigade will have their pre-lims performance at 1:30 pm.
HERE'S TO LUCKY NUMBER 13!
Monrovia High School will be making the 13th appearance in school history in the Indiana State School Music Association Marching Band State Finals on October 29, at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Bulldogs will perform at 6:01 pm., eighth in Class D competition on the evening. Advance tickets will be on sale beginning Monday, October 24, through Thursday, October 27 at Monrovia High School. Adults are $20 per ticket. Students and pre-schoolers are $18 per ticket. Children under age 2, carried in arms and not occupying a seat are free admission. After October 27, tickets will need to be purchased at the Lucas Oil Stadium ticket office. This marks the sixth appearance in a row at State Finals and seventh appearance in the past eight years.
The Monrovia Bulldog Brigade will be on of the 20 representatives of Class D at the ISSMA Semi-State Marching Band contest at Franklin Community High School on Saturday, October 22. Monrovia earned that honor following a Gold rated performance at the Evansville Regional last Saturday that also netted a With Distinction Award in Music. In the upcoming Semi-State competition, the Bulldogs will kick off the entire contest in the first time slot at 1:00 pm. The top 10 bands in this round earn the right to represent their schools at the ISSMA State Finals at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 29.
The Monrovia Bulldog Brigade will be advancing to the ISSMA Regional contest at Evansville Central on Saturday with hopes on earning a trip to the ISSMA Semi-State contest on October 22. The Bulldogs brought home a Gold rating this weekend from the ISSMA Invitational. They will perform at 2:02 pm. (Evansville time).
OCTOBER IS IN WITH A BANG
The Bulldog Brigade opened October at Decatur Central's Contest of Champions with another first place finish and a sweep of the three captions; Best Music, Best Visual, and Best General Effect. The Bulldogs travel to the ISSMA Invitational at Whiteland High School on Saturday, October 8, and will perform at 5:43 pm.
THE HEAT WAS ON!
The Bulldog Brigade powered through the hottest day of the competitive season with a third place finish and Fan's Choice Award at the Avon Invitational. Following a brisk drive around Indianapolis, they closed the evening with a first place finish on a score of 59.4 at the Hamilton Southeastern Royal Invitational. The Bulldogs also brought home Best Music, Best Visual, Best General Effect, Best Percussion and Best Auxiliary from the night show. They will perform at Decatur Central this Saturday at 6:52 pm.
LET THE 2016 SEASON BEGIN!
The Brownsburg Invitational was the premier of our props for the 2016 season. They looked incredible on the field! Many thanks to all the hands that prepared them the past two weeks. We are hoping to utilize them a little more in the coming weekend with a performance that Saturday at Avon High School (4:31 pm. start) and Hamilton Southeastern High School (8:30 pm. start). We will be performing our entire show at both of those shows for the first time this season. Looking forward to seeing you there!