WATERLOO – After taking off from 2020 due to COVID, fanfare season is back and DeKalb High School will host the Baron Brigade Invitational this Saturday.
Fourteen groups will be presented in competition in six classes, and the Baron brigade will perform in exhibition.
Competition begins at 3:00 p.m. with the kickoff of the Eastside Marching Pride Scholastic Class B. The Heritage Marching Patriots perform at 3:13 p.m., followed by the Bluffton Bengal Brigade at 3:26 p.m.
The competition moves to Scholastic Class A, with Bishop Dwenger at 3:39 p.m., South Side at 3:52 p.m., New Haven at 4:05 p.m., Northrop at 4:18 p.m. and Snider at 4:31 p.m.
At approximately 4:44 p.m., the rewards for classes A and B will be handed out.
After a break, Adams Central will begin the Open Class D competition at 5:30 p.m., with Woodlan at 5:45 p.m. Garrett’s Railroader Regiment is listed as the only Open Class C group, competing at 6:00 p.m.
After another break, the Open Class B competition begins with Columbia City at 6:30 p.m., followed by East Noble at 6:45 p.m. and North Side at 7 p.m.
The Baron Brigade is scheduled to perform on display at 7:15 p.m., with awards for Open Classes B, C, and D to follow.
The marching band season kicked off last weekend, with DeKalb, Garrett and other local bands competing in the On the Banks of the Wabash competition at Bluffton High School.
In Open Class B, DeKalb came in second with a score of 60.400, taking home the award for best overall effect subtitle. Leo placed first at 61.650, taking home the awards for best music and best visual.
“Sparks fly with this group,” said Shanna Lank, manager of Baron Brigade, of the group’s first performance in the competition. “They got well past the halfway point by having points down. We plan to play some of our reconciliation this weekend.
“We even changed the uniforms of the whole marching squad to spark a little more joy with a beautiful glittering blue material. You can see them coming from a mile away.
“They are definitely a smart bunch and do a great job of trusting the process,” Lank said. “They understand that we are young and that some things are going to take longer because we are younger, but in the end the management team and the students in the upper class did a great job of taking care of. our recruits and young family members.
“I’m just incredibly proud of the way they all support each other. “
East Noble (56.250) finished third in Class B at Bluffton and Huntington North (53.150) fourth.
In Open Class C, Concordia placed first with a score of 60.400, winning the awards for Best Music and Best Visuals. Angola (59.650) was second, winning the best overall effect.
Garrett (51.750) was third and Norwell (51.100) fourth.
In open class D, Woodlan finished first with 54.350, taking home the award for best overall effect and best music. Adams Central (50,150) was second and Whitko (50,000) third, taking home the award for best visual.
In Scholastic Class A, Northrop won the Legends Awards and placed first at 57.350. Wayne (43,500) was second, New Haven (40,350) third, South Side (38,450) fourth and Bishop Dwenger (35,750) fifth.
In Scholastic Class B, Heritage, the only group competing, scored 35.150.