Three area bands, 1 orchestra, 1 choir ‘play’ for championship


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Three area high schools are taking aim at a state championship this weekend. They’ll need just as much teamwork and control as a traditional athlete.

The Harrison Wind Ensemble is heading to the state finals Saturday, its first appearance since 2011 and sixth time overall.

They’ll be joined by the Jeff and West Lafayette wind ensembles, along with 13 other bands from around the state.

“This is so significant for us, but also for the whole community. I don’t think there’s another city in the state outside Indianapolis that could say they have this many groups that are going into the state finals for music. And that’s significant,” said Harrison band director Steve Cotten.

It’s not just area bands in this year’s finals.

The West Lafayette Symphony Orchestra is competing against seven others around the state, as well as the Jeff Varsity Singers in the choir division which is led by Golden Apple award winner Michael Bennett. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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