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Imperial Regiment marching "Circles" around competition

Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Clay City Imperial Regiment is putting together a dizzying season of accomplishments with their production "Circles."

The marching band has competed in four contests so far this year.

On Sept. 8, the Regiment competed at Franklin Central in an invitational format. The band started off the season with a third-place finish.

The next weekend, Clay City took top honors at Warren Central's invitational. The Imperial Regiment won first overall, as well as best general effect, best visual effect, and best music.

Clay City competed at Avon and Greenwood on Sept. 22 and finished third in both competitions. They also won best guard at Greenwood.

"The kids are excited about the show. They like the show and they're working hard," band director Mark Ziegler said.

This weekend, the big events begin. The Regiment will compete in the ISSMA District competition at Southport High School on Saturday.

After district, the band will perform at invitational contests in Center Grove and Carmel on Oct. 6 before competing in the regional contest.

"Circles" is a three-part performance, and was already in the works before Ziegler arrived at Clay City this fall. Ziegler replaced Kevin Reberger as band director.

The program features a song called "First Circle" by Pat Matheny. The song is the basis for the whole theme.

The second portion of the show is a section of Taiko drumming. Taiko is a Japanese style of drumming.

Most of the band puts down their usual instruments to create the 26-person percussion section.

When asked if the woodwind and brass sections learned the new instrument quickly, Ziegler said, "They were gung-ho picking up the drumming and choreography. It's one of their favorite parts!"

The final portion of the show is an original composition, "Full Circle," by the show's designer, Pete Kitka.

"Circles" is an evolving show. The band recently added a rapid sequence to the show called "The Diamond Cutter."

"We're adding parts into the show to add impact to the visual and musical parts," said Ziegler.

The band will need as much impact as possible when competing against rival Tri-West High School in Southport.

Ziegler wants the band to improve their musical phrasing and accuracy to "clean up" the performance.

He knows that the Imperial Regiment has a good reputation to protect.

"I want to see the reputation continue and even advance it further than it has ever been," Ziegler said.

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