Bands from Munster, Valparaiso and LaPorte high schools will head to Indianapolis to compete with bands from 13 other schools in Saturday’s ISSMA concert band finals at Butler University.
It’s an exciting and challenging time for the students as they vie for the state championship, said the band directors from Munster High School and Valparaiso High School.
“I think they are ready. They’re excited about it and proud to have won (at last Saturday’s regional competition at Chesterton High School),” said Bret Winternheimer, Munster High School band director for the last three years.
“It’s unbelievably difficult to get to the state finals because the bands from all over the state are so good," Winternheimer said.
This is the third consecutive year that Munster High School’s wind ensemble will compete at the state level. In the past two years, the band has placed 13th and ninth in the state, respectively. There are 55 students, ranging from freshman to seniors, in the wind and percussion band, Winternheimer said.
Valparaiso High School’s A band has competed in the Indiana State School Music Association finals every year except one since 1985, and won 12 state championships, said Daniel Pritchett, Valparaiso High band director for the last 18 years.
The 68 juniors and seniors in the A band “have worked very hard, extra hard this year,” said Pritchett, who retires at the end of this school year after a 38-year career at Valparaiso High.