The Top Five

Pride Finishes Season Strong


Olivia McSpadden

Junior Braeden Campbell kneels during the beginning of part four of the show. The musicians performed lots of choreography during their show.

Brian Fullington, PHS News Today Staff, 812 Podcast Producer

Senior Brody Wilcox performs his solo at State Finals on the soprano saxophone. Wilcox also performed alto saxophone during the
show. (Olivia McSpadden)

On Saturday, November 5, the Pride of Paoli band performed at the ISSMA State Finals. They took the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The performance was the last for seniors Brody Wilcox and A.J. Lopez, who reflected on his time spent in marching band.

“Being a part of the Pride of Paoli means that I am part of a family. This family not only shows a strong bond to each other, but to the legacy that predates me and everyone. Although I will eventually leave to pursue my career, I will always first and foremost be a member of the Pride of Paoli,” said Lopez.

Junior Nena Gaona performs as a member of the guard during part two of the band’s show. Gaona serves as section leader for the color guard. (Olivia McSpadden)

All Orange County marching bands made it to state this year, competing in open Class D. The Pride of Paoli rounded out the Orange County performances, finishing fifth — an improvement from last year, in which the Pride placed tenth.

“We had an incredibly successful season and are so proud of our students. We could tell that this was going to be a special year and the students surpassed many expectations. This year, 43% of the group had not been in marching band the previous year, which is a lot of new faces to the program. For many this would have been an obstacle, but from the very beginning the students refused to let that get in their way and the result was amazing,” said Band Director Karkosky.