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New Castle High School percussionists put intensity and focus into their performance Tuesday. This same show won them third place in the IPA State Finals.
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Director Greg Wolff, left, presents members of the New Castle High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble with their state third place medals Tuesday at Bundy Auditorium during Contest Concert 2019. The ensemble originally placed fourth at the Indiana Percussion Association State Finals, but a change in the competition moved them up into the top three.
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The NCHS Indoor Percussion Ensemble performed “Dreadnought” during Tuesday’s Contest Concert.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

Finishing fourth in the entire state among all high schools is something to be proud of.

Finding out you actually won third place is icing on the cake.

New Castle Band Director Jonathon Edwards had the privilege of surprising the New Castle High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble and their families Tuesday with the news they finished in the Top Three this year.

The ensemble competed Mach 30 in the Indiana Percussion Association (IPA) State Finals at Ben Davis High School.

Their competitive performance is called “Dreadnought,” an arrangement by ensemble director Greg Wolff.

That day, New Castle won fourth place with 88.1 points.

Edwards found out last week that one of the competitors in the Percussion Scholastic Concert Open class had been promoted to the next class of competition, meaning New Castle had actually earned enough to rank third in the state for their class.

The percussion ensemble performed Tuesday in front of friends, family and local music supporters at Bundy Auditorium as part of New Castle High School Music Department’s Contest Concert 2019.

Following their intense performance of “Dreadnought,” Edwards called the Trojans to the front of the stage.

The performers’ faces erupted into smiles of disbelief when Edwards announced they were the state’s third-place winners.

Hands covered opened mouths as the NCHS Indoor Percussion Ensemble received a standing ovation from the audience.

“We don’t usually do this during the concert ... but the kids didn’t get to experience it over spring break,” Edwards said.

Wolff hung an award medal around each of his students’ necks before they left the stage.

Several percussionists continued to perform throughout the evening with other NCHS ensembles. The drummers proudly wore their medals for the rest of the concert.

The NCHS Concert Band took the stage after the indoor percussion performance.

The concert band performed “Children of The Shrine Concert March,” “Blue Ridge Steel” and “Chesford Portrait” under the direction of Daniel Buckalew.

Vocal Revolution, directed by Alyssa Czartoski, performed “Zum Gali Gali,” “Caverns in the Clouds” and “Sigh No More, Ladies.”

A Ca-Fellas, directed by Matthew Hurst, performed “Festival Sanctus,” “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” and “Jonah.”

Czartoski returned to the stage with the NCHS Chamber Choir, who performed “Dance On My Heart,” “Benedictus” and “Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home?”

Hurst followed with the New Castle High School Chorale and their performances of “Soon-Ah-Will Be Done,” “Good Night, Dear Heart” and “Ching-A-Ring Chaw.”

The NCHS Wind Ensemble closed the Contest Concert with “Cenotaph,” “October” and “Valdres.” Edwards and Amber Hall directed the wind ensemble.

Judy Hubbard accompanied the choirs on piano.

All NCHS choirs will perform Friday evening at the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) Organization Contest at Richmond High School Civic Hall.

All NCHS bands will perform Friday evening at the ISSMA Organization Contest at Pendleton Heights High School in the auditorium.

Individuals or businesses interested in sponsoring one of the New Castle bands or choirs can contact the music department at 765-593-6695.