Members of the Clay City Imperial Regiment gather around the various trophies won at their first competition at the Franklin Central High School Marching Band Invitational on Saturday. The group's performance of "Feel the Burn" took first place in Class D competition.
By IVY HERRON
The Clay City Imperial Regiment placed first in Class D competition in their opening performance for the season at the Franklin Central High School Marching Band Invitational on Saturday.
"While the band felt good about winning their first competition, most of them did not feel like they had a great performance," said Kevin Reberger, band director.
Changes in the way competition is judged in Class D competition was adjustment for band members. Six of the eight judges ranked the Imperial Regiment in first place, second place went to Tri-West Hendricks, third place went to Monrovia.
"As well as the judges in the press box, there are two "on-field" judges this year which probably made some of them a little nervous and more tentative than normal," he said. "It can be a little unnerving, especially to our younger members to have someone standing right in front of you, evaluating you, when you are trying to perform."
Reberger thinks any jitters because of the new judging changes will be gone and band members will be ready to perform at an even higher level the next time out. The Imperial Regiment will perform "Feel the Burn" at 4:39 p.m. at the Warren Central High School Marching Band Invitational on September 16.
"Overall, I am extremely impressed with the attitude and work ethic of this year's group. I am excited about our potential this year. The band won caption awards for best music, visual, effect and auxiliary guard.
The band is under the direction of the husband/wife team of Kevin and Laura Reberger.