Reps. Espich and Heuer congratulate Homestead High School on marching band award (5/24/2012)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Start Date: 5/24/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/24/2012

STATEHOUSE – State Reps. Jeff Espich (R-Uniondale) and Kathy Heuer (R-Columbia City) congratulate Homestead High School Spartan Alliance Marching Band for being one of three schools around the world to win the international Sudler Shield Award in 2012. The award was presented this week by the John Philip Sousa Foundation at Homestead High School in Fort Wayne.

The Spartan Alliance Marching Band received this recognition for their excellence in performance.
“I was pleased to be in attendance when this hard working group of young people received such a highly-respected award,” said Rep. Heuer. “It is great to see our Hoosier students putting their efforts into wonderful extracurricular activities and to see the support of their teachers and parents. Their success is rewarding for all.”

Homestead finished in the top five in the Indiana State School Music Association class A state marching band competition every year since 1989. They were also state champions during this year’s 2011 season. The marching band is directed by Steve Barber and Brad Wadkins.

“Congratulations to the many band members, along with the faculty and parents, of the Spartan Alliance Marching Band for all their work and proven success,” said Rep. Espich. “These band members have demonstrated a profound amount of leadership, teamwork and determination, and I’m happy their efforts are being rewarded.”

The purpose of the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Shield Award is to establish and support international standards of excellence in musical performance, marching execution, choreography and show design for high school, youth and international marching bands. The award is also distributed to identify, recognize and honor these outstanding marching bands that are at a world class level of excellence. 

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Rep. Jeff Espich serves House District 82. He also serves as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Heuer serves District 83 and represents parts of Allen, Noble and Whitley Counties.