The Noblesville High School Marching Millers placed ninth by scoring an 80.7 at the 2012 Indiana State Fair Band Day Competition on August 3. The school’s color guard was 12th out of 46 and the drum line was seventh.
Forty-six bands performed in this year’s competition, which began at 9 a.m. on the track in front of the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The final competition of the top 16 bands was held later that evening.
The medieval era met modern music when the Marching Millers, directed by Eric Thornbury, took the track. Their show, entitled “Fanfare for a New Era,” includes “Fanfare for a New Era” by Jack Stamp, “Variants on a Medieval Tune” by Norman Dello Joio, and “New Era Dance” by Aaron Kernis.
Noblesville’s show started with an opening fanfare and the presentation of medieval banners. It moved into a slow section with the guard presenting and making a stained glass window, such as would be found in a castle. It then transitioned into the new era dance, complete with a bluesy saxophone solo, a percussion feature, and a dance/chant portion.
The band, 118 members strong, has been competing throughout the summer in the Central Indiana Track Show Association circuit. After hosting the Noblesville Black and Gold Invitational on July 14 where they placed fifth, the band went to Muncie Southside High School on July 21 and placed ninth out of 21 groups and received a fifth place in music. At the Wayne County Invitational on July 27, the band placed fifth and received a fourth place in music.