Notre Dame College Band's Indoor Programs Take Gold at Mid-East Championships

The Notre Dame College Indoor Performance Ensembles have begun their championship season in grand fashion by winning the gold medal in their respective competitive classes at the Mid-East Performance Ensemble (MEPA) Circuit Championships in Dayton, Ohio.

The Department of Band's Indoor Performance Ensembles are comprised of the Notre Dame College Indoor Color Guard (NDCICG) and the Notre Dame College Indoor Percussion Ensemble (NDIPE). The two units have been competing throughout the winter and early spring in local and regional competitions sponsored by MEPA and Winter Guard International (WGI), the national sanctioning and adjudicating body for the Indoor Marching Arts activity. 

Both the Indoor Color Guard and Indoor Percussion Ensemble have brought their competitive success to new heights during the 2013 season, capped by top honors at the MEPA Championships April 6-7. Following hours of rehearsals, both units traveled to Dayton to perform at the Nutter Center on the campus of Wright State University for the annual event that brings performers from over 50 ensembles together for the culmination of local and circuit competition. 

The Indoor Color Guard earned their first-ever gold medal first-place finish in Independent A Class competition with a season and program-high score of 84.14. The Notre Dame College Indoor Percussion Ensemble also earned a gold medal in Percussion Independent A Class competition with a season and program-high score of 91.90. Both units saw their scores and performance quality rise from the preliminary competition to the finals competition.

In addition, at the awards ceremony, NDIPE member Seth Post  learned that he was a recipient of a MEPA Scholarship.

Performing their 2013 program "Simple Strings," the Indoor Color Guard has earned critical acclaim from judges and fans alike in their third season of competition, according to Bill Neater, director of bands at the College. The guard previously earned national honors with a coveted finalist performance spot, placing fourth at the WGI Mid-East Color Guard Regional Championship on March 17, a first in program history.

Neater said the Indoor Percussion Ensemble, performing their 2013 program "Contact," also has delighted audiences and judges throughout the region as they compete in their third season. The Percussion Ensemble earned top honors at both the WGI Indianapolis and WGI Dayton Regionals and have been undefeated all season. 

Both units travel back to Dayton in the upcoming weeks to perform in their final competitions at the WGI World Championships.

The Indoor Color Guard competes in World Championships April 11-13, again in Dayton, against over 75 units. Their goal is to qualify for semi-finals in international competition. Results are forthcoming.

The Percussion Ensemble will travel to WGI Percussion World Championships on April 18-20, also in Dayton, as they look to earn finalist status in heated competition with units from across the globe. NDIPE will perform April 18 in the Nutter Center for preliminary competition. Finals for Percussion World Championships are April 19 in the University of Dayton Arena.

Both international competitions will culminate the 2013 NDC Department of Bands' indoor season.

More information on Winter Guard International or the Mid-East Performance Association is available online.

Follow the success of the Notre Dame College Department of Bands by going to their website at www.NotreDameCollege.edu/band. Access to NDIPE and NDCICG scores, media, and information can be obtained from there.

Follow the NDC Band Program and the Indoor Ensembles on Twitter (@NDCBAND) and "Like" our pages at www.Facebook.com/NDCIndoorPercussion (NDIPE) and www.Facebook.com/NDCICG.

For additional information you may contact Director of Bands Bill Neater at bneater@ndc.edu or by calling 216-373-6399.