Winter Band Programs Score Impressive Results

Notre Dame College’s Winter Band Programs traveled to the Dayton area last weekend to compete in multiple events including the Winter Guard International Dayton Percussion Regional, scoring impressive results for the first time in College history.

Saturday began early with a 4:30 a.m. call time at the Regina Hall Auditorium, where members of the Indoor Percussion Ensemble and the Requiem Indoor Color Guard loaded equipment and boarded buses for an exciting weekend of competition, practice and performance.

The units arrived in Dayton and dropped off the color guard at a rehearsal facility, where it practiced for nine hours putting the finishing touches on its program “Between the Lines,” which features music from contemporary artist Sara Bareilles.

The percussion ensemble proceeded to the Nutter Center on the campus of Wright State University, where it engaged in an intense, four-hour outdoor rehearsal in preparation for its performance that afternoon. Around 1 p.m., it took the floor in the Nutter Center to perform in preliminary competition for the Winter Guard International (WGI) Dayton Percussion Regional.

Watch a video of the Indoor Percussion Ensemble performing its program "Mood Ring."

As Saturday evening progressed, the color guard returned from the rehearsal facility to cheer on its percussion counterparts as they took the floor for the finals performance. The performers were more relaxed and enjoyed the experience as they earned second place with a score of 71.50.

The result meant they will return to the Nutter Center twice more, once for local circuit championships on April 1 and 2, and the other for the WGI Percussion World Championships from April 14 to 16.

“For the first time in Notre Dame College history, the Indoor Percussion Ensemble successfully competed in a WGI competition,” Director of Bands William Neater said. “This is a standard of success understood on a global scale.”

The next morning, the performers got up early to board buses to Bellbrook, Ohio, for a joint competition in the Mid East Performance Association (MEPA) competition. There, the Requiem Indoor Color Guard put on a show that was a big step forward.

Just two weeks prior, the color guard’s show had been incomplete, and yet on the floor in Bellbrook it performed as if it had perfected the show since December. Adding color to the floor tarp, new flags, new flag work, new dance moves, and an amazing amount of new choreography, the color guard impressed the crowd and judges, earning second place with a score of 60.70.

“The color guard has shown tremendous perseverance and growth throughout the last couple of weeks,” Neater said. “The show has truly become a visual accomplishment that will continue to grow as the season progresses.”

Neater said the performance was a testament to the guard’s hard work and its “never-ending effort to keep pushing, keep refining, and keep making this the best product that we can find success with.”

Later that afternoon, the Indoor Percussion Ensemble took the floor in the MEPA Independent A Class competition. Feeding off the crowd’s energy, its production entitled “Mood Ring” earned first place with a score of 77.25, sweeping top honors in General Effect, Performance Analysis and Visual.

On Sunday evening, the NDC Band Winter Programs loaded the equipment and boarded the buses to head back to South Euclid. They will continue to refine their shows as they prepare for upcoming MEPA competitions and the WGI Percussion World Championships.

To stay on top of their results, view pictures and videos of the ensembles, and for more information on the program, visit the bands’ website at NotreDameCollege.edu/band and connect to the band’s Twitter feed: @NDCBAND.