The Edgewood Marching Mustangs [St. Patricks Day Parade In Dublin – 2017]
The Edgewood Marching Mustangs
From: Indiana, USA
Director: Mr. Aaron Wells
Every time I hear the word ‘Indiana’ I think of Gary [see below]
Gary from Gary in Indiana is often quoted as an example of the sort of people [the left behind] that voted for Trump.
Once the centre of the country’s booming steel industry and known as the City of the Century, Gary, Indiana now lies in ruins as a sad example of American industrial decline.
Since the 1930s, Gary had developed a reputation as a tough city due to rampant political corruption, racial violence & segregation, labor unrest, and industrial pollution. In the 1960s through the 1980s, surrounding suburban localities such as Merrillville and Crown Point experienced rapid growth, including new homes and shopping districts. Owing to white flight, economic distress, and a perception of skyrocketing crime, many middle-class and affluent residents moved to other cities in the metro area.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Gary had the highest percentage of African-Americans of U.S. cities with a population of 100,000 or more, 84% (as of the 2000 U.S. census). This no longer applies to Gary since the population of the city has now fallen well below 100,000 residents. As of 2013, the Gary Department of Redevelopment has estimated that one-third of all homes in the city are unoccupied and/or abandoned.
U.S. Steel continues to be a major steel producer, but with only a fraction of its former level of employment. While Gary has failed to reestablish a manufacturing base since its population peak, two casinos opened along the Gary lakeshore in the 1990s, although this has been aggravated by the state closing of Cline Avenue, an important access to the area. Today, Gary faces the difficulties of a rust belt city, including unemployment, decaying infrastructure, and low literacy and educational attainment levels.
Gary has closed several of its schools within the last ten years. While some of the school buildings have been reused, most remain unused since their closing. As of 2014, Gary is considering closing additional schools in response to budget deficits.
The Edgewood Marching Mustangs are one of the many performing groups from Edgewood High School in Ellettsville, Indiana. They are twelve time State Marching Band Finalists and have been nominated as an Indiana All-State Music School for the last three years. In 2009 they received the youth band award in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin.
Ellettsville is a town in Richland Township, Monroe County, Indiana, United States. The population was 6,378 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Bloomington, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area. Ellettsville is the starting point for the Hilly Hundred, a two-day bicycle tour.