Shortridge Magnet High School’s 65-member marching band braved record June temperatures past 100 degrees during the 2012 band camp at Butler.

BandThe practice paid off Aug. 3, when Shortridge placed 25th in the competition’s field of 46 bands — their best ranking yet in the three years they’ve been competing.

“I think today was by far the best performance we’ve ever had,” said band director Kathy Spangler ’98 MM ’02 in an Indianapolis Star interview. “It was a great experience today. The kids were excited; they had a great show. They’re proud of what they did.”

Shortridge was the only IPS school to participate in the 2012 competition.

Spangler said some Shortridge seniors have played all three years of the band’s existence. “It’s cool how they’ve matured, and the whole band has gotten more efficient at learning routines,” she said. “They’re working really hard.”

Alumni and students of Butler’s Jordan College of Fine Arts coached various band sections during the camp. Sophomore Nathan Smith and graduate student Michael Hensen worked with the flag corps, senior Grant Pfifer with saxophones, Randa Mason ’11 with low brass, Amanda Bierer ’11 with clarinets. Additional support from Shortridge staff Sataria Carter and Nealita Callahan and Indiana State student Jessica Mason.

Read a Star feature about the band’s progress.

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