The Daviess County High School indoor winds ensemble was named Independent Worlds Champions at an international competition on Sunday, April 14.
DCHS competed against 35 ensembles from across the United States and world in Dayton, Ohio, capturing first place with a score of 92.35 in the finals.
The ensemble is made up of 39 students from the larger DCHS Band of Pride. Indoor winds is a division of Winter Guard, which is an indoor version of marching band. Winter Guard International also includes indoor color guard and percussion. Ensembles and groups advance to this level through success at regional competitions.
Ensemble director Nathan Clark said that in addition to class time, these students rehearse eight hours a week outside of class from November to April to prepare for this prestigious event. “These students have worked hard all season long and have really elevated their rehearsal etiquette, personal practice habits and leadership skills to grow our performing arts culture at DCHS to the world stage,” Clark said.
Members of the DCHS indoor winds ensemble are Maggie Bacon, Eileen Brandon, Olivia Brown, Jacob Calloway, Brody Cecil, Chase Cecil, Isaiah Clouse, Luke Durbin, Luke Edmonds, Allie Fears, Dawson Gray, Emily Hancock, Chloe Jones, Avery Krahwinkel, Abby Lee, Brooklyn Maglinger, Abby McNabb, Austin Mills, J.T. Newkirk, Jacob Nugent, Luke Payne, Seth Payne, Sydney Peckinpaugh, Ben Robinson, Emma Sanchez, Emma Smith, Amelia Sosh, Brenton Stemple, David Stevens, Lauren Tadlock, Josh Tillis, Colleen Turner, Kaylee Vitato, Maggie Vooris, Ashley Wahler, Alexis Wilkerson, Xavier Wilson, William Wood and Trent Woolard.