Munster and Lake Central high school bands were both honored at Saturday's Indiana State School Music Association finals in Indianapolis, with improved scores over their 2011 rankings.
Lake Central's band ranked sixth in the Class A division and Munster's took home an eighth-place trophy in the Class B division. The class in which the bands compete is determined by the size of the school.
Brent Winternheimer, Munster High band director, said he and his 110 students accomplished their goal for the year.
"The goal was to improve and we definitely did that," Winternheimer said.
The Munster band made its first appearance at the state finals at Lucas Oil Stadium last year and placed 10th.
"When we sat down after last season, we decided it was time to move it to the next step and level of difficulty now that we made state finals last year," Winternheimer said. "We put together a very challenging show that pushed the kids as hard as they have been pushed in the marching band setting."
Winternheimer said he thought Saturday's performance at the state competition was "one of the best of the year."
Lake Central's band has competed at the state level more than a dozen times. This year's competition marks the seventh consecutive trip to the finals.
Last year, Lake Central placed eighth in its division.
"We just try to get a little better every year," Chris Harmon, Lake Central's band director, said. "They had a great performance tonight. We've got a bunch of very happy Lake Central kids tonight."
Full results are available on the Indiana State School Music Association Web site at www.issma.net/index.php.