Five high school bands that chose to compete in Scholastic Class A or B earned Gold ratings Saturday at an ISSMA preliminary event at Homestead High School in Fort Wayne.

Those high scores awarded by Indiana State School Music Association judges qualify those bands to compete in their class finals Oct. 23 at Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis.

Another 13 bands, in Open Classes A-D, also marched Saturday and received ratings from the judges. Of those, 12 received Gold ratings. Six earned further recognition of With Distinction in the three components of critique: Music, Visual and Effect.

Those bands return to action Oct. 16 at four sites around the state, in hopes of being among the 20 bands in each class advancing to the Semistate and then the 10 in each class advancing to the State Finals on Nov. 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Bands in all classes received numerical scores and judges’ critiques; those envelopes are given directly to directors.

Scholastic Class B bands receiving Gold ratings Saturday at Homestead were Bluffton and Manchester. Eastside and Heritage earned Silver ratings. In Scholastic Class A for larger schools, Gold ratings were awarded to Columbia City, Fort Wayne Northrop, and Fort Wayne Snider. Silver ratings were awarded to Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, New Haven and Fort Wayne Wayne.

Directors were required to complete forms that day to secure a berth at State.

Assignments for Open Class Regionals on Oct. 16 vary by band size. Find assignments, scheduling information, further guidance for spectators, and admission costs at

Results from Saturday at Homestead:

Scholastic Class B:

Eastside, Silver

Bluffton, Gold

Heritage, Silver

Manchester, Gold

Scholastic Class A:

Bishop Dwenger, Fort Wayne, Silver

Columbia City, Gold

Northrop, Fort Wayne, Gold

Snider, Fort Wayne, Gold

New Haven, Silver

Wayne H.S., Fort Wayne, Silver

Open Class D (smallest enrollments):

Woodlan, Gold, With Distinction in Music, Visual and Effect

Adams Central, Gold

Elwood, Silver

Open Class B:

East Noble, Gold

Leo, Gold, With Distinction in Effect

North Side, Gold, With Distinction in Music, Visual and Effect

Huntington North, Gold

Open Class C:

Concordia Lutheran, Gold, With Distinction in Music, Visual and Effect

Norwell, Gold, With Distinction in Music and Visual

Garrett, Gold

Angola, Gold, With Distinction in Music, Visual and Effect

Open Class A (largest enrollments):

Homestead, Gold, With Distinction in Music, Visual and Effect

Carroll, Gold, With Distinction in Music, Visual and Effect

Other Open Class bands that did not compete at Homestead also are eligible for the Oct. 16 Regionals. The 14 Open Class D bands competing at Chesterton High School include Whitko and Woodlan. The 10 Open Class B bands competing at Chesterton include Leo, North Side, DeKalb, Huntington North, Northridge and East Noble.

The 12 Open Class C bands competing Oct. 16 at Lafayette Jefferson High School include Concordia Lutheran, Norwell, Angola and Garrett. The 10 Open Class A bands competing at Lafayette include Homestead and Carroll.

Admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for students and preschoolers.

Bands also will compete Saturday at Center Grove High School in Greenwood and Evansville Central High School.

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