Southmont High School’s Royal Mountie Band has been preparing all summer for the State Fair Band Competition. The Mounties will travel to Noblesville today to compete in one of the last competitions before the nation’s largest band competition on Aug. 8.
Band Director Brian Bartlett said the competition is the culmination of the competition season for the Central Indiana Track Show Association, of which Southmont is a member. He also said the competition is the longest running and largest band competition in the nation. The Royal Mountie Band has seen success in the State Fair competition in the past, with most years seeing a finish in the top 16 schools. In 2014 the Mounties placed 13th.