ISSMA cancels 2020 competitive marching band events

ISSMA cancels 2020 competitive marching band events

INDIANA (WFIE) - The Indiana State School Music Association announced its competitive marching band events are canceled this upcoming season, ISSMA officials tell 14 News.

This news affects groups like the Castle High School Marching Knights and the Harrison High School Warrior Command. As previously reported, the Warrior Command made school history in 2019 with the program’s first run to the ISSMA State Championship.

The group was looking to earn a spot again this year in the competition.

“I mean, obviously our first reaction is that we were a little disappointing,” Andrew Forche, a senior member in the band said. “But I think it’s unanimous among the seniors that we couldn’t have ended on a better note than last year.”

“Over the past month, we come to a difficult decision that we just can’t control the situation of hosting a regional, semi-state, and state - bringing in groups and thousands of people potentially from all across the state,” current ISSMA President Tom Dean told 14 News on Friday.

Although the competitions are no longer a go, bands can still hold camps and perform at school functions.

Officials say how a group plans to handle the upcoming season will be left up to the individual band programs.

Harrison High School band director Rob Cason told 14 News they are already brainstorming additional performance ideas.

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