EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Harrison Warrior Command is getting ready for the State Championships this weekend in Indianapolis.
This is going to be a big day for the Warrior Command and a few others as it will be their first time making it to the State Championship.
“All the work we’ve put in these past four years has really paid off,” says Harrison Warrior Command Drum Major Emily Boyle.
Warrior Command Band Director, Rob Cason says hard work is what is bringing the Harrison Warrior Command down the musical path of History in the making this year.
“First time in school history to make it," Carson says. "State of Indiana has had marching band state finals for 47 years. This is the first time Harrison has made it.”
Harrison, along with 13 other schools in Southern Indiana, will head to Indianapolis this weekend for a chance to take home the big prize at Lucas Oil Stadium. The anticipation at Harrison has been mounting for years.
“We’ve made semi-state the last six years; Each year we’ve improved our placement," explains Carson. "We were 20th then we were 19th then 18th then 17th, then last year we almost made it in we were 11th.”
Boyle, a senior drum major, is now leading her fellow members to victory.
“Starting freshman year and realizing how much potential we had," says Boyle. "We saw it and we worked hard to get there so it was just a proud moment.”
As they march out to the turf this weekend, Boyle said, it is that hard work they will make sure gets noticed.
“The senior class especially, really wanted to improve the program and really start kicking booty,” Boyle explains.
For the first time in EVSC history, three bands will compete at state. Those bands include the Reitz Mighty Marching Panthers, North Green Brigade and of course the Harrison Warrior Command.
The Marching Wildcats of Mt. Vernon also made some history. They are going to state for the second year in a row!
A bunch of other schools got bragging rights too. The Jasper Marching Wildcats, Princeton Marching Tigers, Vincennes Lincoln Pride of the Green, the Tell City Marching Marksmen, Mater Dei Marching Wildcats, Forest Park Marching Rangers, and the Southridge Marching Raider Band and last but not least, The Castle Marching Knights.