Earlier this week the Jasper High School Marching Wildcats were honored at the Indiana State House in Indianapolis

State Representative Mark Messmer of Jasper presented a House Resolution to congratulate the Marching Wildcats Monday for capturing the Indiana State School Music Association Class B State Marching Band Championship last November.

Messmer says as a musician, he knows how hard these students have worked and how very close they have come to winning the title in the past. Messmer says this is certainly a great accomplishment for them as well as the school and community.

Last November, Marching Wildcats performed at Lucas Oil Stadium in front of thousands of fans and spectators. In the last 13 years, the Wildcats have finished as state runner up four times and have finished in 3rd place five times, narrowly missing out on winning by tenths of a point. Their achievement is even more noteworthy given the high school is the smallest school in Class B.

This is the first time Jasper High School has won the state championship since 1973, when the Marching Wildcats won the inaugural state marching contest. The band consists of 170 members under the direction of James Goodhue, Patrick Keeley, John Coller, and Phil Fleming.

The Jasper High School Marching Band also took part in other notable events including Grand Champions at the Kentucky Derby Pegasus parade in Louisville, and Reserve Grand Champion at the 51st Contest of Champions at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn., the longest such running contest in the country.