On Saturday, the Castle Marching Knights competed in the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) State Finals Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Castle competed in Class A Finals, representing the largest high schools of the state, based upon enrollment.
After the competition results were announced, Castle came home in second place, right behind State Champion Fort Wayne Homestead.
The second-place finish matched the highest placement for Castle High School in its school’s history.
Castle tied for second place in 2005 against the very same Homestead.
Castle’s appearance this year in the finals of the ISSMA State Marching Band marks Castle’s 27th such appearance in the state final championships.
The top ten bands in Class A were as follows:
- Fort Wayne Homestead (1st Place)
- Castle (2nd Place)
- Center Grove (3rd Place)
- Lawrence Central (4th Place)
- Concord (5th Place)
- Lake Central (6th Place)
- Fishers (7th Place)
- Brownsburg (8th Place)
- Fort Wayne Carroll (9th Place)
- Ben Davis (10th Place)
Other area bands also competed in the ISSMA state finals in their respective classes.
Local programs in Class B included:
- Jasper (6th place)
- Evansville North (7th place)
- F.J. Reitz (9th place)
In Class D, Springs Valley from French Lick was State Champion, winning the title for the second year in a row.
Other area bands included:
- Forrest Park (3rd place)
- Mater Dei (5th place)
- Tell City (6th place)
- Southridge (7th place)
- South Spender (9th place)
Castle Director Tom Dean described it this way, “(Our show) this year symbolizes that we are in this imperfect place and we want to be in a place that is perfect, so it is a story about that journey to a better place. The program can be interpreted in many levels—religious perhaps, how relationships grow, or a very personal thing—but it’s a very personal show for our kids and our program as a whole, and we are excited to share it with others this year.”
At this year’s Bands of America Super Regional Championships in Indianapolis on October 20-21, over 90 bands from nine states competed, and Castle was named the Class AAA champion, winning in the categories of Music, Visual and General Effect.
In the Regional Finals competition, Castle attained its highest placement ever in a Super Regional competition, placing 3rd out of 11 finalists and behind recent National Championship recipients Carmel, Indiana and Avon, Indiana.
Castle’s band program is headed up by directors Tom Dean and Mark Eifler.
Thanks to Todd I. Glass for his contributions to this article.
(This story was originally published November 7, 2017)