Centerville, Northeastern, Richmond make Sweet 16 at Band Day

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Lincoln is front and center as a sea of band students gather to await the preliminary round awards. Photo by Rachel Sheeley

Three of Wayne County’s four schools competing this year at Indiana State Fair Band Day have advanced to Friday night’s Sweet Sixteen competition.

Those making the cut, in alphabetical order, are Centerville, Decatur County, Jay County, Kokomo, Lebanon, Marion, Monroe Central, Montgomery County United, Muncie Central, Northeastern, Richmond, Speedway, Tipton, West Lafayette, Winchester and Yorktown.

Lincoln placed 27th.

Schools placing between 17-25 are Frankton Lapel (combined this year), Mooresville, Sheridan, South Vermillion, Western Boone, Eastern Greene, Blackford, Frankfort and Eastern Hancock.

Here’s the performance order for Friday night, which starts at 8 p.m.  
Richmond
Monroe Central
Montgomery County United
Yorktown
Decatur County
Tipton
Marion
Speedway
Lebanon
Winchester Community
Centerville
Northeastern
Kokomo
Jay County
West Lafayette
Muncie Central
Area residents can listen live via WKBV AM 1490.  One of its sister stations, WZZY 98.3 FM from Winchester, was broadcasting Friday morning.
Here are the  morning class awards, based on band size:
Class AA: 1/ Centerville, 2/ Northeastern, 3/ West Lafayette
Class AAA: 1/ Muncie Central, 2/ Winchester, 3/ Jay County
Class A: 1/ Monroe Central, 2/ Tipton, 3/ Sheridan

Hagerstown’s band could not compete because many of its members are quarantining because of an exposure to COVID-19.

Fans of Wayne County’s four remaining bands wore purple ribbons Friday as a tribute to Hagerstown.

At least three bands had to skip Band Day because of quarantines.

Pick up the current issue of Western Wayne News (Aug. 4) for features on the Lincoln and Richmond bands, coverage of last weekend’s competitions and more about Band Day for your scrapbook, and find Band Day coverage in the Aug. 11 edition with stories from Rachel Sheeley and photos from Dana and Joetta Harris (DAJO Photos).

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