Consolidated Muncie band wins State Fair Band Day

(Provided Photo/Andy Klotz)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The band from Muncie’s newly consolidated high schools has won the Indiana State Fair Band Day competition, stopping a three-year winning streak by runner-up Winchester Community High School.

The Spirit of Muncie Band and Guard that won Saturday night’s contest began competing over the summer after forming from the consolidation of Muncie Central and Muncie Southside High Schools. The band is directed by Jeramiah Bowman and H. Clay Arnett.

The last time a Muncie school had won the Band Day competition was in 2008 when Southside took top honors.

The remaining bands in the Sweet 16, in order, were Richmond, Anderson, Centerville, Jay County, Noblesville, Northeastern, Kokomo, Hagerstown, Monroe Central, Mooresville, Southmont, Frankton, Yorktown and West Lafayette.

A total of 40 bands competed Saturday. 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 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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