FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - For nearly 30 years, one band director in our area has taken his school's marching band to the state finals. And this season isn't any different. As Homestead High School's marching band is prepping yet again for state, NewsChannel 15 caught up with the man who knows the tradition best.
Steve Barber took Henryville High School's band to the state finals three times in the 80's then took over Homestead's program leading that group to the finals 27 consecutive years. He said he's not the good luck charm. He credits the band's success to something more.
"About two and a half, three hours every day during the schools hours, and then we practice on Saturday also before we go to competitions," Homestead High School Band Director Steve Barber explained.
Four months of practice and the hard work is paying off. And when Homestead High School marching band director Steve Barber heard he'd been taking his band to the state finals for the 27th time, it was music to his ears.
"Well after 27 years, it never really grows old because it's all about this band. We talk very little about the years before with the kids. We just focus on what we are doing now."
Making it to state year after year after year isn't easy. So, what's Homestead's secret?
"There's really a tradition of excellence, expectations of hard work and dedication within the program. Some of these students their parents marched in the state finals in this band program. So, it goes back far the tradition has been passed down each and every year."
After four more days of practice, Barber hopes they'll bring home the school's next state championship.
"There will be a lot of energy on Saturday night, and the kids will be very, very focused."
There are other schools in our area competing in the state marching band finals Saturday. Here's the full list competing within their own classes:
- Concordia Lutheran
- Adams Central
Congratulations and good luck!
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