The Castle Knights marching band wins the school’s first national championship. Castle competed in the Bands of America Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Thursday, November 9th through Saturday, November 11th.
The three-day event had over 100 competitive high school marching bands from all over the country at the annual championship.
Castle was selected as one of the top 30 bands to advance to Saturday’s National Semi-Finals competition. Castle was awarded the Class 3A National Championship on Saturday, November 11th. Class 3A refers to all high schools in the nation with enrollment of up to 1,700 students in tenth through twelfth grades.
The Knights had the highest scores in three categories: Music, Visual presentation and overall General Effect.
Castle also participated in the Grand National Championship finals Saturday evening, snagging of the prized finalist spots for the second year in a row. In the Grand National Championship, the Knights finished in eighth place.
Last year, Castle band member and soloist Sophie Rinehart, her father and grandmother were killed on their way home from the National Championship in Indianapolis.
This year’s program was titled Fly to Paradise and featured music versions of popular songs like One Day I’ll Fly Away by Will Jennings & Joe Sample, The Hands of Fate by James Newton Howard, and the finale of Fly to Paradise by Eric Whitacre.
The 2017 program can be seen as a tribute to Sophie and what she meant to the Castle music program and those who called her their friend.
To see Castle’s national ranking click here. The final rankings for the year should be posted on the website by Tuesday evening (November 14th).
Castle’s band program is headed by director’s Tom Dean and Mark Eifler.