Open Class, New Competitions, Updated Calendar

imgresHuntington North will be competing this Fall 2017 in  OPEN Class B. 

About four years ago, ISSMA created the SCHOLASTIC Class, which was originally designed for situations like ours; larger school with relatively smaller band that has less than unlimited resources. Scholastic only had two classes; Small School / Large School. We were in the Large School Class. The problem has become — that more and more bands in the state that should be in Open Class A, have opted to switch over to Scholastic Large School. We have been having to compete with schools much larger than ours with bands significantly larger than ours. THAT WAS NOT THE IDEA OF SCHOLASTIC CLASS!

There are a few other reasons for the switch back to OPEN Class:

  • Greater opportunity. Scholastic offers Prelims and Finals, with only the top 5 at State Finals recognized for anything more than a Participation Trophy. With OPEN Class, given the number of Class B bands in the northern half of the state, there is a real possibility that we could earn a spot in ISSMA Semi-State — something HNHS has never done.
  • The season will be 1 week longer and give us more performance opportunities.
  • We will have more time for rehearsals on Saturdays while also avoiding some potential conflicts with groups in our school that compete on Saturday MORNINGS, because OPEN Class competitions usually either follow Scholastic or start later in the day. In OPEN Class there are four divisions: A-B-C-D (determined by school size). With our lower school enrollment, Huntington North is now an ISSMA Class B school.
  • And…. our scores should go up. For whatever reason, scores jump at competitions that have both Scholastic and Open Classes — when the Open Class competition starts.

Because of the switch from Prelims/State to Regionals/Semi-State, some of the contest dates have CHANGED. Please update your calendars per below. NOTE: There will periodically be changes and we try to keep the ONLINE CALENDAR always current.

ADDITIONAL SCHEDULE CHANGE: Northrop has decided to host a competition on September 23rd, so we will go there instead of driving all the way up to Penn. So our competitive schedule will look as follows:





ISSMA Invitational (@Homestead) — need to score a 60 for Gold Rating (same as it is in Scholastic Prelims)

ISSMA Regionals (@Chesterton) — need to score a 70 for Gold Rating (same as it is in Scholastic Finals)

East Noble

ISSMA Semi-State (Open ‘B’ @Pike)

2017 Marching Band Packet Updated 031817 <<<<download

Congrats to Melanie

applause copyCongratulations to Senior Melanie Lisinicchia, named a 2017 Scholarship Recipient by the Indiana High School Color Guard Association!

Melanie was one of eight recipients of the IHSCGA Academic Scholarship.  The parameters surrounding the applicants eligibility include, being a member of an active unit, a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), and a series of letters of recommendations that include, but are not limited to, a letter from the color guard director, a teacher, and a community member not affiliated with the color guard program. 

After an initial selection process, those who move onto the next round are interviewed by standing members of the IHSCGA board.  Melanie did exceptionally well during her interview.  One of the board members, after her interview had finished, came out to congratulate her mother on her exceptional daughter.  Both Melanie and her mother were excited to recall that the board members had remarked that if it was a hiring committee, they would have offered her a job on the spot. At the state finals, on March 18, Melanie received her scholarship during the awards ceremony.

I cannot sing enough praises to Melanie, in regards to both her academic success and her personal triumphs.  Melanie is a wonderful, enthusiastic, and passionate individual.  It has been an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to be her director throughout her high school career.  She will, no doubt, be going places far above what we can dream for her.


Rachel Cook

HNHS Color Guard Director

Graduation, Lawrence Central and Mr. Petek’s favorite opening sequence ever

17309400_10158521729760352_7630743939131227824_n.jpgThe Wind Ensemble went to Lawrence Central today to play for critique — and to have some time with a clinician afterward. We’ll be reviewing the comments (both written and recorded) and implementing good ideas to help us in our ultimate goal of GOLD in Group I at ISSMA Festival next month.

In addition to a good performance (not perfect, right?), these students deserve to be commended on their cooperation and the way they represent our school, department and program. Everyone was dressed and ready to go on time. They cooperated in a rushed lunch when we had less time than we had anticipated — so that all the important scheduling of the day worked.

HCCSC has announced that Graduation has been set for Friday, May 26th. Put it on your calendars. It is a mandatory performance for non-graduating musicians.


Mr. Petek posted this video on the facebook page:

Since we’re in the midst of marching band recruitment, I’d like to share the show that got me hooked on the activity. The most beautiful opening sequence ever! — Mr. Petek