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Notre Dame’s Requiem Indoor Colorguard finished its season earning a silver.
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Band Programs End Year in Gold, Silver

The Notre Dame College Band Winter Programs can look back at a successful inaugural season as they earned gold and silver medals at the Mid-East Performance Association Championships on the campus of Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

The season-ending spectacular hosted competitive color guards and percussion lines from all over Ohio in a two-day event. Notre Dame’s Requiem Indoor Colorguard finished its season with two strong performances, earning second place in the Independent A Class with its show “Between the Lines.”

Veteran General Effect Judge Dale White, who had judged the program in Miamisburg at the end of January, said he had seen tremendous growth. “They have so much to be proud of, and should recognize that they have built a tremendous base on which to grow upon,” he said.

Notre Dame’s Indoor Percussion Ensemble equally impressed the judges as it competed in the Percussion Marching A Division. In a tight field of competition, the Percussion Ensemble was recognized as best in class.

NDC's Percussion Ensemble qualified for WGI Championships.
NDC's Percussion Ensemble qualified for WGI Championships.

The MEPA Championships didn’t mark the end of the season for the Indoor Percussion Ensemble. Its season culminated in the Winter Guard International (WGI) World Championships in Dayton. During two weeks of intense rehearsals designed to get the team ready for the competition, the ensemble integrated several changes into its production “Mood Ring” to make the show more accessible for the WGI judges.

Each year, WGI hosts several competitive events for indoor percussion and colorguards across the country ending in two weekends of championship competition. This year, the Independent Marching A Division hosted 25 units from around the country in championship preliminary competition. The NDC Indoor Percussion Ensemble and earned a season-high score of 81.863. While the score was not high enough to advance the Falcons to the finals, the weekend was still a success as the team attended private rehearsals of world class ensembles and saw leading percussion ensembles compete.

Director of Bands William Neater noted the time spent, efforts brought and accomplishments made by the indoor ensembles from December to April.

“This was an amazing effort on everyone’s part,” Neater said. “If you had asked me in October whether there were going to be indoor ensembles at NDC, I would’ve denied. But what resulted was a tremendous partnership with NDC and local high schools, with success that hasn’t been seen in this field in the Cleveland area yet.”

His performers have laid the foundation for building the marching arts in Northeast Ohio and built a tradition of excellence in indoor performance ensembles at Notre Dame College for seasons to come, Neater said.

Media from the MEPA Championships and the WGI World Championships can be found on the Notre Dame College Band Website at NotreDameCollege.edu/band. Additionally, subscribe to the band’s Twitter feed, @NDCBAND, for updated information. Information about future tryouts and plans for the winter ensembles will be posted on the website as the 2011 season draws near.