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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News It was another outstanding weekend for the JROTC Rifle Team and Drill/Color Guard Team as they competed against the best Army JROTC programs from within the 7th Brigade of the U.S. Army Cadet Command.

Elite teams from the nearly 250 JROTC programs in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana were put to the test to determine who were the best in their respective competitive category. Once again, the Giants demonstrated their ability to hold their own against the best from the Midwest region.


In their first-ever visit to the 7th Brigade Drill Championship, the Giant’s Unarmed Exhibition Drill Squad led by Cadet Audrey Dickerson earned a fifth place finish overall, defeating more than a dozen other veteran teams. Many of the teams that competed at the Brigade Championship are nationally ranked, having won numerous national championships.

“This was our first time to attend the Brigade Championship, so I must admit we were a bit unsure of how we would do,” said retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Smith, the Giants’ coach. “We have done very well this year at several regional competitions, but the Brigade Championship features the elite teams from across the Midwest. To place here is a big deal. We learned much from attending this competition.”

The cadets were feeling the pressure of the bigger stage.

“I was very nervous going into to our event,” Dickerson said. “But when we walked out onto the floor, I felt like we were going to do really well. So I wasn’t really surprised when we placed in the top five. We have worked really hard to get here.”

Other notable finishes for the Giants during the drill championship included DJ Smith, who placed 13th in the armed knockout, and I’Yela Hornaday, who placed 16th in the unarmed knockout. In these two events the Giants competed against more than 500 cadets, performing precision movements under the scrutiny of watchful drill sergeants looking for even the slightest mistake.

In the Rifle Marksmanship Championship, the Giants secured a seventh place team finish from among the 63 teams competing. The varsity team was helped by the solid shooting of cadets Taylor Sorah and Levi Hofmann, who placed 10th and 19th respectively out of 248 shooters in the match. The Giants also fielded a first-year shooter team that earned an 11th place finish in that category.

“It seems like after every competition that our drill team just keeps on getting better,” Smith said. “But the truth is, they are.”

The Giants drill team will attend their final competition of the year this weekend at.Purdue - Fort Wayne University.

The Rifle Team will also be competing Saturday at the American Legion State Championship in Seymour, IN. They are being sponsored by our Local American Legion Post #10.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News This Thursday, some of best young musicians in the area will gather together for a special performance as the Grant County Public High School Honor Band.

The public is invited to come out and enjoy this special performance, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15 in the Rediger Chapel Auditorium at Taylor University in Upland.

In addition to the Honor Band, the Taylor University Wind Ensemble will also perform.

Admission is free!

The Grant County Honor Band will feature some of the top music students at each of Grant County’s five public high schools, Eastbrook, Madison-Grant, Marion, Mississinewa, and Oak Hill. It will also feature a distinguished guest conductor, who will help the musicians hone their skills as they prepare for a special performance. For this inaugural year of the Honor Band, Dr. Al Harrison of Taylor University will be the guest conductor.

Band directors from all five schools have been collaborating to make this opportunity possible for the talented young musicians around the county.

“Grant County is quickly becoming a recognized area for instrumental music, and we are so thankful to be a part of this event,” said Marion High School Director of Bands Joshua Huff. “I'm also looking forward to interacting with the other county band directors and be a part of the development of this event, which we hope to make into an annual tradition.”

Ryan Wamhoff, band director at Oak Hill High School, said the idea has created a buzz.

“There is great energy and comradery amongst the Grant County band directors,” he said. “Each of us can be excited about the growth and direction of our programs as well as those of our peers. It's great to see music programs not only surviving but thriving here in Grant County.” 

Joel Walters, band director at Eastbrook Jr./Sr. High School said that this new event will be a great opportunity for the students and the community.

“This is something that we as directors look forward to, and I am excited to see what comes from this collaboration,” he said. “The event will be an exciting way to recognize the hard working music students in our community.”

Cindy Walker, assistant band director at Mississinewa High School, said this opportunity will help the area’s young musicians grow.

“The Grant County Honor Band will be a great experience for our students. Not only will the kids get a chance to play some great music, but they'll get to rehearse with other outstanding musicians from their own area. It's a great way for our kids to improve,” she said. “The hope is they'll bring their knowledge and experiences back to other students in their respective bands.”

That experience is a key part of why the band directors have been working to develop this opportunity, Huff said.

“I'm extremely excited for my students at Marion to interact with some fantastic musicians from the other county schools,” he said. “One of the things we always tell our students is that while we may be rivals in athletics, music is the common bond that we all share. This will be a fantastic event for our students to learn from Dr. Harrison and the other directors. It will also be a chance for our county to come together and enjoy a concert of wonderful music.”

The newest member of the group of directors, Mykayla Neilson, recently named the director of Mississinewa’s band, said she was thrilled with this new opportunity.

“Not only am I honored to be a part of such a group,” she said, “but I am beyond excited to celebrate talented musicians in the Grant County area.”

Kristin Caudill, band director at Madison-Grant Jr./Sr. High School, expressed hope for the future of the event and the opportunities it offers.

“I'm excited about the opportunity to collaborate with the other Grant County band directors and to showcase the excellent band programs throughout Grant County,” she said. “This will be an excellent opportunity for our students to learn and perform with their peers from other Grant County schools. I'm looking forward to offering this opportunity to Madison-Grant High School students this year and seeing where this honor band goes in the future.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Drill Team earned several more victories early this month while competing at the Indianapolis Public Schools Drill Competition.


The Giants continued their successful season by securing two first place finishes, a third and a fifth place finish in the four events in which they competed against teams from 12 other high schools.

The Giants brought home first place finishes in the squad armed exhibition and the squad regulation drill events. They pulled a third place finish with a color guard team and a fifth place finish in the unarmed exhibition event.

“In three of the events our teams faced their toughest routines ever,” said retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Smith. “And in each one they delivered their best performances to date.”

The teams’ preparation is paying off, Cadet Audrey Dickerson, a junior, said.

“I was very confident in our teams for each of the events,” she said. “We have been practicing hard and have now competed several times this season.  We know the routines, and we know how to preform them well.”

The Giants Drill Team has continued to improve and progress over the past couple of years. In the first year of competition, MHS one only a single trophy. This year, the Giants have earned more trophies than in all previous years combined, with 17 and counting.

“It is always great to win in Indy,” said senior Joseph O’Donnell, who also placed ninth from among the 200 plus cadets in the individual knockout precision drill competition. “We know so many of the cadets from the other schools, since most of them are from Indiana and we see them at summer camp and other competitions.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School and McCulloch Junior High School choirs will present a band festival on Friday, March 9.

Now is your chance to enjoy music from our award-winning musicians! The show starts at 6 p.m. at the Walton Performing Arts Center at MHS, 750 W. 26th St. The event is free and open to the public.

We hope to see you there!

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School and McCulloch Junior High School bands will present a band festival on Monday, March 5.

Now is your chance to enjoy music from our award-winning musicians! The show starts at 6 p.m. at the Walton Performing Arts Center at MHS, 750 W. 26th St. The event is free and open to the public.

We hope to see you there!

>> Going? Join our Facebook event page and share with your friends!