For immediate release: Aug 05, 2011
Posted by: [Statefair]
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Winchester wins State Fair Marsh Band Day

Director Douglas Fletcher switches schools, still wins

INDIANAPOLIS - A new high school has taken the title of "State Fair Marsh Band Day Champion." Winchester Community High School has broken the streak of dominating big bands with a combination of great leadership and dedicated students.   

Winchester band director Douglas Fletcher, who left defending State Fair champion Anderson last year, carried his skills to the small band, which hasn't been in the top five since 2002 and hasn't had a championship since 1997.

The school performed "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost and dazzled the judges in every category. 

"This is amazing," said band member Alexandra Wolfe. "This is my second year in the band and I was nervous about a new band director, but now I am excited to have won and don't want him to leave!"

"I feel great," said Thomas Belgow.  "I have been in band for 10 years and it has been my childhood dream to win a State Fair Band Day."

The final results are as follows:

1. Winchester

2. Richmond

3. Muncie Southside

4. Anderson

5. Jay County

6. Northeastern

7. Centerville

8. Kokomo

9. Hagerstown

10. Mooresville

11. Union County

12. Sheridan

13. Frankton

14. West Lafayette

15. Muncie Central

16. Noblesville

The Small Band performance results from the Preliminary Competition are as follows:

1. Winchester

2. Centerville

3. Union County

4. Hagerstown

5. Frankton

6. Sheridan

7. Elwood

8. Lincoln

The Caption Awards for the Preliminary Competition are as follows:


Small Band

Large Band






Muncie Southside

General Effects








Muncie Southside


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