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On April thirteenth, the Men’s and Vocal Jazz choir groups competed at the ISSMA organizational contest at Shelbyville Middle School. As a choir, they worked tirelessly to prepare for contest, and their efforts payed off. Both groups earned a gold rating on all three performances, as well as on the sight-reading portion. Fifth period vocal jazz was the only choir at contest to earn a with distinction award.

“We prepared for the ISSMA contest by working with our parts every day and practicing as a group.” Junior and fifth year choir member, Payton McFarland continued, “The choir did great at the performance and surpassed progress that we made in practice.” 

Meanwhile at Shelbyville High School, the CHS first and second period bands were competing at their ISSMA contest. They performed three different songs: American Salute, Air for Band, and Incantation. The band earned a gold from all four judges, as well as a gold in sight-reading. 

As a whole, the band only practiced together four times, but they worked tirelessly in class to perfect individual parts. “The band performed really well.” Junior saxophone player, Raegan Barrett continued, “The balance was almost perfect, all of our attacks and releases were together, and the pieces just sounded great overall.” 

Despite challenges such as being in an unfamiliar auditorium, “I think the band performed well and we adjusted to our surroundings very well,” junior saxophone player, Maize Browning stated. 

Both the band and choir did very well and gave it their all. Not only did they make CHS proud, but they brought home the hardware.