As we turn the calendar to the mid-point in July, band camp and the start of an exciting 2016 season of the CCMW is almost upon us! With that being said, there are several things that we all (students, parents, staff, and fans) should be keeping in mind.
The Crawford County Marching Wolfpack, competing in their first State Finals appearance in school history, ended up in a tie for 5th place in Class D with Paoli Jr/Sr High School.
The band gave a strong performance in it's first go-round in the state final competition, bringing a crowd of thousands to their feet. The ovation received when the band entered the field by the audience, acknowledging the historical moment for the school and the band, was sincerely heart-warming.
But the band was not just content with being there, and continued to push hard to the end of the season, shattering all expectations and achieving a Top 5 status as one of Indiana's finest Class D bands.
1.) Forest Park
2.) Springs Valley
3.) South Spencer
4.) Triton Central
T5.) Crawford County
8.) Mater Dei
10.) Tell City
Crawford County Marching Arts program encompasses the Marching Band, Colorguard, and Drumline activities of Crawford County Jr/Sr High School in Marengo, IN. The program, founded in 2006, strives to teach life lessons through a competitive music education setting.
In the fall of 2006, the Marching Wolfpack made its competitive debut in Corydon, IN. Getting dead last by many points, the band program set out on a goal to have constant improvement. At the end of the year, they finished with a Silver rating at the ISSMA Festival Class show, a non-competitive but state run invitational. In 2007, just one year after their debut at the same location, the Marching Wolfpack won their class at the Corydon invitational sweeping all captions.
Silver ratings at the ISSMA district contest in Jasper, IN followed in 2007 (class C) and 2008 (class D) as the band grew in size and quality. In 2009, armed for the first time with a full staff, the band took the next step and advanced with a Gold rating at the ISSMA district contest (class D) and performed at the ISSMA Regional contest in Evansville. In 2012 the band advanced on to Semi-State for the first time in school history, mere points behind a coveted State Finals spot. They repeated that feat in 2013 and 2014.
The Marching Arts operates the Colorguard and Winterguard program. The Winterguard competes annually in several TriState Circuit shows, while the colorguard performs in the fall with the marching band. Coming from a guard of 0 in 2005, to 15 in the program in 2015, the guard has seen its share of growth over the years.
Also under the Marching Arts umbrella is the drumline and Winter Drumline. The Winter Drumline is a group focused on the continuing education and growth of the percussion program, and serves as a tool to prepare the percussionists for the rigors and demands of the fall marching season. Also performing in the TriState Circuit, the group earned a Silver Medal at both the the 2013 and 2015 Class A-2 championships.
The 2016 season looks promising, as the band returns a large percentage of students and staff, and welcomes in a new class of excited young students. Watch out for the CCMW this fall, as it looks to improve up it's State Finals finish with their program "Wake in the Moonlight."