Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the
Arts and Humanities took home a win during Bands of America’s
Indianapolis Marching Band Tournament on Nov. 9 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The school’s marching band,
along with its Fire and Finesse dance team, won the Show-Style Division and the Most Outstanding
Musical Effect and Most Outstanding General Effect.
“For a second year in a row, our band
brought home the top prize,” said Principal Weldon B. Williams. “This is great
publicity for our students, band staff and school.”
The Indianapolis Marching Band
Tournament (formerly known as the Indianapolis Public Schools Marching Band
Tournament) is not just for IPS schools. The tournament has a broader reach and
is designed to serve students who attend schools or reside in the Indianapolis
“Music for All (the entity that hosts this
event) has supported Broad Ripple, and is a great community support for music
education at the local, state, and national level,” said Weldon.
During this year’s tournament, Broad
Ripple competed against various local high schools, including Arsenal Technical
High School, Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School, Emmerich Manual High
School, George Washington Community High School, John Marshall Community High
School, Northwest Community High School, and Arlington Community High School.
The competition was fierce, but Broad
Ripple secured the win — even after one of its band members fell during its
program “Go West Young Man,” a compilation of Kanye West music.
As the band emerged onto the field,
Tiara U., an eighth-grade saxophone player, took a tumble — unbeknownst to Band
Director Tom Ewigleben or any of the adult chaperones. But like a consummate
professional, she kept performing.
“I was worried that I may have cost my
band members a top prize in the competition,” said Tiara, who stands less than
5 feet tall. “So I just jumped up and got back into formation.”
It wasn’t until after the celebratory
photos were taken that Tiara confessed to the adults in charge that she fell
earlier in the performance and hurt her arm. By the end of the evening it had been confirmed: Tiara had broken her
right arm and dislocated her wrist.
“Neither Ms. (Nicole) Hargro (Fire and
Finesse director) nor I endorse performing while injured,” said Ewigleben. “(However),
we are proud of Tiara as she truly has the heart of a lion.”
Ewigleben said the staff at Broad
Ripple works diligently to instill a sense of pride in their students, which paid
off during the tournament.
“This pride extends throughout the
program and helps to mold the character of our students and strengthen their
discipline to our program and to their music education,” added Ewigleben.
Broad Ripple’s next competition will be
the Indiana State School Music Association’s (ISSMA) Solo and Ensemble Contest in