BOP Makes Semi-State

By Rachel Haywood
Managing Editor

The high school band “classes” were divided among four locations for the Regional competition on Saturday. Chesterton High School hosted half of Classes A and C.

The other halves were hosted elsewhere, while Classes B and D were also split between two locations. Each band receives a rating after their performance (gold, silver, or bronze). Gold ratings are awarded to schools that have a minimum score of 70 points.

Special medallions for music, visual and effect were given out to those schools whose performances “wowed” the judges even further. The first 10 schools from each “½ class” with gold ratings at the end of the day move on to the Semi-State competition in Indianapolis next weekend.

From the Chesterton competition, 10 of the 16 bands from Class C move on. There were 11 golds, three silvers and two bronzes.

In Class A, there were only 10 bands competing. All 10 move on with gold ratings. The BOP finished in ninth place, with a score of 72.55 points, and a gold rating. The marching band from Snider finished in 10th place with a gold rating and a score of 71.55 points.

It may have only been one point, but the Big Orange Pride battled through the cold rain to come out on top. Schools like Carmel, Carroll, Penn, and Homestead also join the BOP at Semi-State.

Next weekend there are four Semi-State locations, one for each entire competition class. According to, Class A (20 bands) will be performing at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.

The Big Orange Pride made it to Semi-State last year, but fell short in qualifying for State. Each year, the band gets better and better with their intense dedication and determined focus.

Hopefully this year the BOP can turn things around and succeed in the final rounds of the ISSMA competition to represent Northrop at Lucas Oil Stadium in the State Finals like they did back in the 1980’s. Best of luck to all of the BOP members and staff as they fiercely prepare for their upcoming adventure. They may be smaller, but they are mighty!

Follow me on Twitter @Rachel_Marie_96 for live updates in the competition on Saturday October 26th!

Class A
1:00 PM – Ben Davis
1:13 PM – Avon
1:26 PM – Lawrence North
1:39 PM – Franklin Central
1:52 PM – Brownsburg


2:18 PM – Center Grove
2:31 PM – Lawrence Central
2:44 PM – Fishers
2:57 PM – Northrop
3:10 PM – Homestead


3:49 PM – Carmel
4:02 PM – Hamilton Southeastern
4:15 PM – Columbus North
4:28 PM – Lafayette Jefferson
4:41 PM – Snider


5:07 PM – Carroll
5:20 PM – Goshen
5:33 PM – Lake Central
5:46 PM – Penn
5:59 PM – Castle



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