Zoltán Kodály! Floyd Central’s symphony orchestra wins a state championship.


This just might be the best video I ever posted, because it’s Doug Elmore and his FCHS orchestra students in the process of winning a state championship — and while I probably don’t know any of the players, Doug’s a helluva guy.

He’s also one of only a few people around who understands why I’m pumped that the orchestra’s winning program included music by Zoltán Kodály.

Congrats to all!

(that’s right … an exclamation mark … told you it’s important)

PHOTO: ORCHESTRATING MASTERY: Floyd Central symphony orchestra wins state title (special to the N and T)

The Floyd Central High School Symphony Orchestra was crowned ISSMA State Champions at Pike High School Indianapolis on Saturday. The Floyd Central A Capella Choir finished third and the Concert Band placed ninth. The orchestra is conducted by Doug Elmore, the choir directed by Angela Hampton and the band byHarold Yankey.

Music played: “Intermezzo” from the Hary Janos Suite by Zoltan Kodaly; Symphony No. 4, movement 4 by Tchaikovsky’ Enigma Variations, Variation No. 9 by Edward Elgar. The orchestra has been to the state finals 28 consecutive times and last won in 1995. It placed runner up in 1996, 1998 and 2016.