by Carson Gerber For the Pharos-Tribune
---- — INDIANAPOLIS — The Lewis Cass Marching Kings landed fourth place Saturday in their 32nd consecutive trip to the Indiana State School Music Association marching band state finals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Lewis Cass went up against 10 other bands in the Class D competition.
“We gave it our all,” said band parent Stacy Donato as the group left the field after the awards announcement. “This is the best performance we could give today. We’re happy to be here.”
Band director Don Krug praised the Marching Kings for overcoming a tough regional performance earlier this year of their show called “Life in a New World” to eventually land a spot in the state competition.
“I’m very proud of them,” he said. “They chose to do this show with a lot of courage, a lot of strength and a lot of determination, and I’m very pleased with them.”
Lewis Cass won third place at last year’s competition and snagged the champion title a year before that, but Krug said the band doesn’t put too much emphasis on awards or how well they place.
“One of our directors used to always say ‘Don’t put your hopes and dreams in the hands of six people that you don’t even know,’” he said regarding the six judges who hand out the awards.
“That’s what we always do. We come here and we put on our best show.”
Donato said she was proud of the band and the 32-year streak of landing a spot in the state competition. “We’re part of a legacy,” she said.
Krug said the band plans to put together another great show next year, and hopes the performance will get them back to Indianapolis for the state competition.
“Next year, we’re hoping to make it to Lucas Oil Stadium again,” he said. “That’s always our goal. Lucas Oil is just a phenomenal place to perform. We always sound our best when we perform here. To be here with a group of people who are outstanding is always amazing.”
Western High School’s Marching Panthers placed second in the Class C competition, ending a 5-year winning streak as state champs.
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