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The current Floyd Central uniforms are 13 years old, and have served our high school and community at over 75 home football games, marched at 90 local and regional competitions throughout the state, and represented Floyd Central at Lucas Oil Stadium 17 times for the Indiana State School Music Association State Finals and Bands of America competitions. We are falling apart at the seams, literally! With a plan to debut new uniforms during the Fall 2018 Marching Band season, we must raise $70,000 by January 2018.
The marching band schedule is rigorous. The season started in May with seven weekly three-hour mini camps scheduled through mid-July, where students learn the music and the basics of marching. July’s Band Camp is Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., when they put all the pieces together and learn the show. There are five additional seven-hour camp days throughout the season, plus two nights of practice right before the first day of school. Three days a week they practice after school from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and they perform the show during half time at each home football game. Autumn Saturdays find the band travelling to competitions around the state during days that start at 9 a.m. and end as late as 1 a.m., culminating in Regionals and hopefully Semi-State and State competition. FC has advanced to the state finals of ISSMA Marching Band competition for 12 out of the last 13 years.
It takes dedication and determination on behalf of the band and guard members to perform at this level every day. Harold Yankey, Director of Bands for Floyd Central, encourages the students to “Love what you do.” Mr. Yankey, his staff, the band and guard truly love what they do.