The Washington Times-Herald

October 9, 2013

WHS band strikes gold

Mike Grant Times Herald
The Washington Times-Herald

---- — COLUMBUS — The Washington High School Golden Pride survived rainy weather and equipment malfunctions and came home with a top award at the Indiana State Music Association Festival Contest at Columbus East High School.

The band received a gold ranking for its performance of a show called “The Classics.”

“The kids performed really well,” said WHS band director Doug Sydow. “I felt it was one of their better performances all year and they did it even though they were playing in the rain. They just didn’t let it affect them.”

The Golden Pride has 24 members including the color guard. They may be small by some standards but they put all they had into the show.

“The kids are all volunteers and they started working on this in July,” said Sydow. “They’ve been rehearsing every Tuesday and Thursday evening since school started.”

The show was a combination of Ludwig and Wolfgang, which is a mixture of popular pieces by Beethoven and Mozart, and then finished up with Hoedown by Eric Copeland.

“The goal is always to get a gold,” said Sydow. “This was our first gold ranking in find years. We came up short so many times. It was good to get that gold.”

The award caught the kids by surprise. “When they made the announcement our kids were silent for a moment then they started jumping with joy,” said Sydow.

Sydow is assisted by teachers Matt Riney and Scott Griffith. “They put a lot of effort into this show.”

Bringing home the gold made for a happy Monday at school for the band members. “They were really happy when they showed up for school Monday,” he said. “Really full of pride.”

The Golden Pride will perform the show two more times including this Friday at the home football game and at an indoor concert on Oct. 24.