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Central band heats up show with weather theme


I took this pic from a cherry picker

This year, the Westerville Central High School marching band has a new show symbolizing both stormy weather and the joys of sunshine.

“It’s entertaining music that’s accessible to anyone. It has hints of classical, modern and jazz music,” said Doug Hildreth, Westerville Central’s band director for nine years.

The show, Come Rain or Shine, features three selections.

Bartok String Quartet symbolizes a swirling hurricane and features the opening notes of the song, Ain’t No Sunshine.

The second movement is a ballad, meant to represent a rainy day, and is called Swing Shift.

The show closes with Blue Skies, by Irvin Berlin. The movement signifies the sun coming out to make things better.

Hildreth said at this point in the season, the students have learned the marching sets and music for the first two movements.

“There’s some tricky parts in this year’s music. I’m excited to see how the students will handle the challenges of the third movement,” Hildreth said.

Field commander Jacob Glorioso, a junior, said this show would be one of his favorites.

“I really like this year’s show. In the drill designs, there are a lot of swirls, and so it looks very flowy,” he said. “The whole show does a nice job of symbolizing storms moving into blue skies.”

The other field commander, junior Lizzie Zink, said it isn’t a typical marching-band show.

“Our show this year is different than what we’ve done in the past,” she said. “It’s like an art form, making all those pictures on the field while telling a story through the music.”

Hildreth said students had a good time at band camp this year.

“It was our best band camp that I’ve ever been a part of. The kids worked really hard,” he said. “I was impressed at how much information the students retained from those weeks.”

The 78 students in Central’s marching band spent July 27-31 at the high school from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Marching band isn’t all work with no play, though.

During band camp, students made their own spirit week with such themes as twin day, pirate day, Warhawk day, superhero day and section matching day.

At the end of every practice, Hildreth picks one student who went above and beyond that day, and the other students gather around, touch that student’s head, count to three and yell, “Go Warhawks!”

“It’s something little but it’s still memorable and makes you feel special,” Glorioso said.

This year, the band will compete at Bishop Fenwick, Westerville North and Colerain high schools, all leading up to their final Mid-States Band Association performance in Kings Mills.

The Westerville Classic competition, to be held at Central, is scheduled for Sept. 26.

“It’s one of the highlights of our season. We get to host bands from all over Ohio, show off our facility and our talented students,” Hildreth said.

The band also is participating in a tag-day fundraiser for the first time Aug. 22 and a fundraiser at City Barbeque on Sept. 9.

The marching band will perform during halftime at Central’s first home football game of the season Aug. 28.

For more information, go to wcmbmusic.org


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Even in high school, I wrote articles

Flashback Post!

With the band directors at senior night

This Saturday, I went to the OMEA State Marching Band Finals with my best friend, Emily. Of course, Hilliard Darby got a superior rating!
Freshman year of high school, Emily and I became friends because of marching band. I couldn’t imagine my life without her or if I hadn’t been involved band.
 It was so wonderful to see that marching band is still a part of so many high schooler’s lives. It teaches values like teamwork, hard work and dedication.
In my high school journalism class, I wrote an article as part of an assignment and I wanted to share it.
The article covers a marching band competition that we went to.

Oct 25 2007
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Band Dominates Tri-Valley
            The Hilliard Darby Marching Band won their third Grand Champion award on Saturday evening at the Tri-Valley Band Festival, according to darbybands.org. 
            “The Marching Panthers” traveled to Tri-Valley High School, located in Dresden, Ohio, and performed their 2007 show titled, “Channel One Suite” on October 20th.  The band won four Overall Best in Class awards, Overall Grand Champion award, and received a Superior rating.
According to Joe Burke, the director of bands at Darby, there were a total of fifteen performing marching bands. 
            “Tri-Valley is just a regular OMEA-approved band contest. This year, our graduating seniors requested that we attend,” said Burke.  “We’ve been there three or four times before in years past.”
He also predicted the band would “do well” and expressed a “possibility of becoming Grand Champions.”
            Before the competition, sophomore flute player Emily May predicted, “I think we’ll do pretty well because we just finished learning our show.  I think people will really get excited about the music.”
Marching band hats
            A junior mellophone player had a much more confident prediction about the outcome of the band’s performance. 
            “I think we’re gonna kick butt,” exclaimed Sarah Cooper.  “This is the best show we’ve ever had because of the amazing brass feature.”
            After the competition, the band was thrilled with their success. “I’m really pleased with how we did.  It feels great to know that we’re Grand Champions,” May beamed.
According to the Darby band website, “The band placed first in class “AA” and won the following awards: Outstanding Percussion – Class AA, Overall Best Music, Overall Best Marching,  Overall Best Percussion, and Overall Grand Champion Band.  Other results included: Second Place Auxiliary – Class AA. The band also earned a Superior rating.”
The Hilliard Darby band is known for their outstanding performances.
 “I think we have such a good reputation because of our past performances, exciting shows, fast tempos, and good music,” said Burke. “I like this year’s show.  I think it’s well played and well-arranged.” He also noted that the band needs to work on “individual and personal responsibility.”
The Darby band will perform at the OMEA State Marching Band Finals on Saturday, October 27 at Dublin Coffman High School.  Their performance time is 5:30 p.m.  They will also perform at halftime during the Groveport Madison High School football game on Friday, October 26.
            The typical Darby marching band week consists of practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-5 p.m., then on Wednesdays from 3:30- 5:30.
Hillard Darby marching band
“On Fridays we prepare for the football game. We practice beforehand if it’s a home game,” said sophomore trombone player Alaina Mills. “On Saturdays we normally practice from about 12- 3:30 p.m. and then afterwards we get ready for our competition.” 
The Darby Marching Band also has won previous Overall Grand Champion awards at New Bremen High School and Northwestern High School.  The band regularly competes at OMEA adjudicated band shows.
The band’s show, “Channel One Suite” was originally written by legendary jazz drummer Buddy Rich. 
            The band was led on Saturday by Field Commanders Taylor Colman, Ben Powell, and Alyssa Hoop. 

The Panther band is comprised of 200 members, including 11 color guard members and 34 percussion players.  The Hilliard Darby Marching Band is in its 11th season.