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Clay City third in season opener

Sunday, September 13, 2009

EVANSVILLE -- The 2009 Indiana State School Music Association marching band season officially got underway Saturday.

Several contests took place statewide and the Clay City Imperial Regiment took part.

Clay City competed at Evansville Central High School in the first weekend of action.

The Imperial Regiment, competing in Class AA, placed third out of eight total bands.

"We had an exciting show at Evansville Central," Imperial Regiment director Mark Ziegler said. "The kids felt really good about their performance."

Ziegler said Clay City did not perform its entire show Saturday.

"We still have more work to do and more to add," Ziegler said. "It was good to get the experience of performing at Evansville Central because we will be back there for ISSMA Regional later in the season."

The Imperial Regiment scored a 58.25 in its first contest this season.

North Posey won Class AA with a score of 65.25 while Evansville F.J. Reitz placed second at 64.95.

Coming in fourth was Mt. Vernon with a 56.60 score while Boonville was fifth at 56.20 and Evansville Harrison was sixth at 53.20. Evansville Bosse placed seventh with a score of 50.50 while Princeton was eighth with a tally of 44.70.

North Posey captured the Class AA Auxiliary and Percussion awards while the Drum Major award went to Boonville.

There were bands competing in four total classes at the contest Saturday.

In Class A, Evansville Mater Dei won with a score of 53.30, while Springs Valley won Class AAA with a score of 73.10. Jasper captured first in Class AAAA with a score of 72.75.

Overall, Jasper won the Auxiliary award while Vincenne Lincoln captured the Percussion award. Boonville won the Drum Major award.

The Soloist award went to Gibson Southern while the People's Choice award went to Evansville Bosse.

The overall grand champion went to Springs Valley.

The Imperial Regiment will be back in action Saturday when they travel to take part in the Plainfield Invitation. Clay City will take the field at 3:13 p.m. Other bands competing in the Class include Morristown, Eastern and Lewis Cass.

The Northview Marching Knights will begin competition Saturday at Indiana State University.

Ranked among the best!

Both the Northview Marching Knights and Clay City Imperial Regiment received rankings in the www.indianamarching.com preseason poll.

The poll was conducted Sept. 9.

Clay City -- In Class D -- ranked 10th in the preseason poll with 52 votes. Voting members of the website rank band accordingly. Voting members are asked to vote for their top 15 bands.

The preseason Class B poll had the Marching Knights ranked in the top spot with 119 votes. Greenwood is ranked second with 113 votes.

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Congratulations! Good luck at Plainfield!

-- Posted by cc225 on Sun, Sep 13, 2009, at 8:09 PM

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