Uniting students from three schools – Greensburg, North Decatur and South Decatur – to enrich their lives with art and culture through a marching band program.
“Three Schools. One Band.”
It started with a band director who himself was a member of a marching band and wanted to share the same with his students. Add to that a group of band parents who wanted their children to have the experience of a marching band and the idea started to take on life.
Jacob Crossley, North Decatur High School band teacher, knew that he did not have enough band students to form a marching band. He met with his counterparts at Greensburg High School, Jeff Maupin, and South Decatur High School, Noah Leininger to see if they may be interested. All three were up to the task and started promoting the idea among their students.The Decatur County Marching Band was formed! “As One”
A group of about 45 members from all three schools started practicing.Most had never marched before.Members of the color guard hadn’t ever twirled a flag and most had never danced. Crossley set the goal of being in the “Sweet 16” at the State Fair Competition.Much hard work was needed by all and they excelled! Band members and directors spent 50 – 60 hours learning marching fundamentals alone.All in total, more than 200 hours – all within a short time span – was spent on the marching program “As One”.
August 6, 2016
State Fair Band Day Competition.The band had come together and was ready to perform their program “As One” in front of thousands.They were up against 48 other Indiana high schools, many much larger in size and budgets as well as experience.Their goal was to make it to the Sweet 16 that day.
Earning 13th place finish, they were triumphant.Not only had they come together “As One”, they made history that day as well. DCMB is the only combined band and first year band to earn a spot in the Sweet 16 state finalists!
The DCMB has some experience and excitement to build on for this current year.The directors selected more advanced music and programming; students recruited more members and this year the DCMB is 50+ strong and well on their way to another triumph at the State Fair.The DCMB will perform in its first competition on July 14.What follows is a busy season of practices and competitions until the final one at the State Fair on August 5.