Norwin Marching Band MAKES ITS MARK AT
Grand National Championship
Norwin Marching Band made its mark at the Bands of America Grand National Championship in Indianapolis, taking third place in AAA and placing 19 out of 93 bands in an event some call the “Super Bowl” of band competitions. It was Norwin’s first time back at Grand Nationals since 1997—the year most of the band freshmen were born! The road to Indiana had been arduous. At the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Band Association (PIMBA) Championship on Oct. 29, Norwin and 18 other bands braved the snow, sleet, cold and fog to compete. In spite of the weather, Norwin finished first in the National Class, also winning High Visual and sharing the top spot for General Eﬀect. The band’s competition piece is called “Salvation: Every Act of Creation is First an Act of Destruction” which is a surprisingly fitting title. They have persevered through 40mph wind gusts at the Bands of America competition in Akron and still placed fourth. They’ve practiced for hours in the extreme heat of August and splashed through puddles in rainy September, not to mention marching at several rainy football games. Their preview show was cancelled due to a freak storm. In the face of all this, they have perfected two shows (a halftime ‘80s medley show and a competition show). Even with all the destructive weather, the band students have consistently continued to create impressive musical performances that still manage to entertain.
Becca Megan Tonasic, on Smith Krimer, and Allis
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