Rich South band heading to Indianapolis for competition
By Sarah Zylstra Correspondent October 8, 2013 9:58AM
The Rich South High School marching band will play Saturday at the Circle City Classic college football game in Indianapolis. | Supplied photo
Updated: November 10, 2013 6:20AM
Fresh off taking first place at the Chicago Football Classic’s Battle of the Bands, the Rich South High School marching band will try it again in Indianapolis this weekend.
The Circle City Classic, a football game between two historically black universities, is similar to the Chicago Football Classic but on a larger scale, according to Rich South band director Y. L. Douglas.
“This is our first time there,” Douglas said. “High schools from all over the country will be there.”
Almost the entire marching band — 58 students out of 65 — will take off from Rich South at 4 a.m. Saturday to make it in time for the morning band competition. The winner performs at the football game in the afternoon, and the band will pull back into Richton Park late that night, Douglas said.
“We’re taking quite a few arrangements down there,” he said, including New Direction’s “One Thing,” Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie,” Chris Brown’s “Fine China” and GQ’s “Disco Nights.”
The trip will cost $75 per student for gas, one meal and a ticket to the football game. It is entirely funded by the parents, he said.
“We’re pretty excited about it,” Douglas said. “We enjoy the high school bands around here, but this is a chance to get out and see what other folks are doing.”
More than 100,000 spectators are expected to watch the parade and the game between Grambling State University and Alcorn State University, Rich Township High School District 227 public relations Coordinator Eric Hampton said.
The Rich South Band will compete in a regional battle of the bands at Rich Central High School on Oct. 19 and head to Chicago to play in the Thanksgiving Day parade, Douglas said.
“It’s a full schedule,” he said. “We’ve been blessed.”