I was at Rousch Stadium by 7:50am, Saturday morning to volunteer for the Bands of America marching band competition where Kettering would be the host site.  I was in the director’s check-in tent from 8:00am-2:30pm, and then seated in the stadium for the final’s competition to monitor the directors’ viewing section beneath the press box.  It was nice because I got to watch the show in the nice seats.

It was a long day, but always fun.  I got to chat some with band parents I’ve known, and then, meet some new band parents – or those with whom I am friends on Facebook.

The Miami Valley was strongly represented by bands throughout the day: Alter High School from Kettering, Bellbrook High School, Centerville High School, Kettering Fairmont High School, Miamisburg High School, and Northmont High School from Englewood.  All the Miami Valley bands, with the exception of Alter, were finalists in the evening competition.

Miamisburg was fairly strong when I first arrived in Dayton in 1990, but sadly began losing its punch.  The past five years there has been a remarkable, and steady growth, and now this band of blue and white is back in the game, and will certainly be known as a strong contender, and powerhouse!  I am excited for them!  I was proud of Fairmont, and Centerville, who took the grand prize, however, Miamisburg and Bellbrook really stood out!  Bellbrook’s, “The Best Seat In The House” theme, with the entire band and guard incorporating chairs into the show’s concept, and design, was brilliant, entertaining, and as I always expect from Bellbrook, amazingly crisp and clean.  The first time I remember seeing Bellbrook’s marching band was around 1993 when they competed at the Westerville, Ohio competition.  Their theme was based on the motion picture, JFK, and to this day, the opening moments of their competitively, and highly artistic presentation gives me chills.

It was a great night of marching band in Kettering, Ohio, and The Miami Valley certainly deserves a Gold Star!

The evening’s results:

10th: Marvin Ridge – North Carolina
9th: Miamisburg Ohio
8th: Northmont, Ohio
7th: Bellbrook Ohio
6th: Fenton, Missouri
5th: Kettering, Ohio
4th: Dublin, Ohio
3rd: Paul Laurence Dunbar – Lexington, Kentucky
2nd: Bourbon County, Kentucky
1st: Centerville, Ohio

General Effect: Bourbon Co. Paris, Kentucky
Visual: Paul Laurence Dunbar – Kentucky
Music: Centerville, Ohio
Grand Champion: Centerville, Ohio

Here are some photos from the evening:

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Kettering Fairmont High School’s show, “Water Works”

This is a montage of the awards ceremony, beginning with all the bands returning to the field, en masse, and then, at the end, being told to “greet one another.”  It is one of my favorite sites – to see a thousand-plus young musicians/performers homogenize!

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