Just two weeks ago, Avon won the Indiana State School Music Association’s Class A state championship, beating Carmel in that event. Carmel and Avon met multiple times during the competitive marching season with each band taking turns edging each other for top placement. The margin of victory in events was typically a point or less on the 100-point scale.
This back-and-forth between Avon and Carmel created a great deal of excitement for the marching bands and for spectators alike. Debbie Gerboth, a senior at Avon, noted, “Having such an incredible band like Carmel to compete with motivates us to work hard throughout the season.”
Director of Avon Bands Jay Webb added, “The thing about competition is that it creates excellence. It’s not about winning, but teaching [our kids] what it takes to achieve excellence.”
With more than 270 students involved in marching band, it touches almost 10 percent of the school’s student body. Historically, Avon band participants have shown higher than average grades, graduation rates, and plans for college. Music education has been shown to positively impact students from all socio-economic backgrounds.
People who are interested in supporting the program’s winning tradition are invited to join Avon Band Together, a non-profit committee of the Band Boosters. Band Together members believe that the year-around band program promotes dedication, teamwork, music appreciation, physical activity and respectful competition. Membership in Band Together is open to anyone who wants to help current and future Avon High School students excel on the state, regional and national band scene.
For more information on the organization, visit the website at AvonBand.com and click the “Band Together” tab at the top of the page or find the group on Facebook.