Post by IndianaMarchingFan on Aug 14, 2020 12:56:44 GMT -6
For me Homestead's upset over Avon in 2011 will live on as one of the best Indiana marching band moments ever! Homestead came out preforming in the last slot to an over the top, energetic crowd (remember, they had just beat Avon at Semi-State, and they were hoping to do it again to end their State Finals title drought). Not only was the crowd energized, but so was the band. They put on a spectacular performance. As fans waited for the awards to begin, you could feel the excitement building. It got down to the top 3. In 3rd, Carmel! In second, and the 2011 Indiana Class A Runner up..... Avon. Homestead fans went nuts! A moment that I will never forget. I am so glad I was at that event live. It is too bad they were not doing BOA that season. They would not have been National Champions, but I do believe they would have been safely in finals.
Show wise, Avon 2014 - Drawn to the Flame, was my favorite. I have always been a huge fan of that production and loved everything about it.
Best WOW moments for me were Carmel's field wide spider web from 2012 (the same year Avon placed 3rd... behind Carmel and Homestead, which is a major wow moment in itself!) and Homestead's ice skater/ice rink from 2016.
Top 10 '10s Decade ISSMA moments: 1. Homestead winning over Avon (2011) 2. Entire 2014 Class A line-up 3. Plainfield making state finals for the first time in 2018 4. Warren Central's creepy 2010 show 5. Brownsburg and Fishers duoing as first-time finalists in 2016 6. Lawrence North making finals in 2012 7. Ben Davis's surprising surge to the top in 2011 8. Concord making finals in 2017 9. Franklin Central making finals for the first time in school history in 2011 10. Lafayette Jefferson's beautiful show in 2010
Any Indiana fan will tell you that Homestead winning in 2011 was by far one of the out-of-body experiences anyone would ever have. The most comparable would be Vista Ridge winning UIL 6A in 2018 and Homestead went waaaay beyond that. It honestly was insane. Imagine the nuclear heat Carmel got in 2019 for winning 3 straight GN championships, and imagine that tensfold for Avon. Avon, off of 3 dominant GN championships (2008 is a bit of an edge case, but they won all the way through that weekend) was nowhere close to slowing down at all. 2011 was a beast by every measure to the point where a first ever 4-peat would be forgone conclusion. Homestead was barely in any conversation not 2 weeks before state finals. Hell, even Lake Central (!) beat them! To just suddenly ramp up all the way to semi-state, where judges shockingly was putting them at the head of the pack and just explode at state finals was a total cinderella story. There's a ton of backstory here to the point of just being a possibility for a full-blown Mighty Ducks/Miracle on Ice/Remember the Titans Disney sports movie someday, but that's basic gist of things. Homestead winning was a culmination of 2 years in the making.
Brief explanations, because I'm tired...: 2. Honestly, this line-up straight up beats out every single line-up that's come before or after. 8 were Indy Super finalists and of those that didn't attend, 1 was a regional champion elsewhere, and the other stood extremely strong despite the lack of BOA flash. 3. Plainfield's season-long arc came full circle when they pulled ahead for 6th place. The performance was just absolutely electric. I'm still singing the show to myself to this day. 4. There's nothing more I love than people feeling uncomfortable. 5. Nothing much to say here. It was expected, but certainly not scoring 6th and 7th in a strong field of contenders. 6. Lawrence North tends to get overlooked often as the weird brother of Central, despite being the powerhouse in Lawrence for many years before. With roughly about 150 members or so, Lawrence North pulled through a competitive field (even performing first at semi-state!) with one of the more favorable arrangements of First Circle in recent memory. They were the hot stuff early in the season and they backed that hype up by the end of the season. 7. Ben Davis had a very difficult 2010. They were a total husk of themselves after an usurping 2008 and strong 2009. Many were taken immediately by surprise upon seeing Ben Davis perform that season. That placement does not lie. It's a shame Ben Davis went on very early at Grand Nationals because I think they would've been much closer to Finals if they performed later. 8. I have a feeling that Concord making finals in 2017, much less even finish 5th (!!!), boosted their confidence in the program mightily. Despite rain all season, to where the state finals was apparently their 3rd actual (!!!) performance, Concord managed to place embed themselves into the Class A fabric that year. It may take a few seasons for Concord to really begin embracing a modern style, but I will certainly point to this as the moment that led Concord to making Indy Super Regional Finals in the near future. 9. Franklin Central was a big of a flash in the pan at the time in 2011, but them making finals was the first completely new state finalist in about 3 years. It certainly seems odd in hindsight, but this was one of the many new additions to state finals that people were very excited about, especially when Franklin Central turned out to be the "tiny band that could". Results hasn't come in Franklin Central just yet, but they'll have a bright spot in their history to look back on, even if it was lucky chance they got in. 10. Lafayette Jefferson had not made state finals for about 5 years up to 2010, when people were took by surprise by Statuesque. While it's faded by memory ever since, it's still held in people mind's as a deeply emotional show to the point where the band recounts a judge sobbing over them. Them making state finals wasn't unexpected, much less than scoring themselves into a surprise 7th. Jefferson has not made finals ever since, but the 2010 show still stands out among the rest.
As far as my state champions ranking: 1. Homestead 2011 2. Carmel 2018 3. Avon 2015 4. Avon 2010 5. Avon 2019 6. Avon 2016 7. Carmel 2012 8. Avon 2014 9. Homestead 2017 10. Avon 2013
It was actually a tie between Carmel and Homestead for me, but Homestead gets the edge for all of its backstory. Carmel would edge out based on the show, though. Slam me for 2013 if you want, but keep in mind I never saw the show live and I really can't get into it as much as the others.