LHS Fall Festival of Bands
Logan High School
Written by: LDN
An evening of marching band pageantry and excitement is on tap for area residents with the annual Fall Festival of Bands sponsored by the Logan Band Boosters.
This year’s event features the Ohio University Marching Band and will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 at Logan Chieftain Stadium. Admission is $5 with children 5 and younger free.
The 2010 Fall Festival of Bands will host 12 regional marching bands and feature a pre-game show, 12 band shows and will conclude with all the bands massing on the field for trophy presentations. Concession stands will be open to the public. The Marching Chieftains are under their 23rd-year director Jeff North, assisted by Pam Price, Ben Wright and Dr. Tom Romine.
With 110 members, the Marching Chieftains are one of the few remaining high school bands who use a military-march style, performing four halftime shows during the season. The Logan band is also known for its extensive, patriotic pre-game show.
The Logan Marching Band places emphasis on local performances including ten football games, Veteran’s Day parade, Christmas parade and Memorial Day parade.
The Chieftains have garnered top awards at out of town parades and have performed at the 1996 National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C., the 2000 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City, the 2004 Outback Bowl Game in Tampa, Fla. and the “Share a Dream Come True” parade at Walt Disney World April 12, 2008.
The William V. Fisher Catholic High School will be the first band to perform. The band is directed by Judy Rehrer and Jamie Kirby. The Lancaster band has 10 members; their school colors are green and white and their mascot is the Irish.
The Nelsonville-York High School Marching Band of Nelsonville will perform second. The band is directed by Janice Paris and assistant Evan Dishong. The band has 38 members; their school colors are brown, white and orange and their mascot is the buckeye.
The Unioto Marching Band of Chillicothe led by director Michael Fulk will perform third. Assistants are George Harper and flag adviser Kristen Roush. The Marching Shermans are 50-members strong. School colors are purple and gold and the school mascot is a tank.
New Lexington Marching Band of New Lexington will perform fourth. The band is directed by David Harmon and assistant Terri Studer (flag adviser). The band has more than 50 members; their school colors are orange and black and their mascot is the panther.
The Licking Valley Panther Marching Band of Newark will perform fifth. The band is led by director Andrea Duck and assistants Melanie Strock and Angela Ellis (color guard adviser). The school’s colors are red, white and blue. More than 50 members comprise the band.
The Tecumseh High School Marching Arrows of New Carlisle will perform sixth. The band has 54 members; their school colors are red and black. The band is led by director Bryan Martin and assistants Melissa Willardson and Will Shoemaker.
The Oak Hill Marching Oaks of Oak Hill will perform seventh. The band is directed by Bryce Werntz and assistant Allyson Johnston. The band has 70 members; their school colors are red, white and black and their mascot is an oak.
The Olentangy Orange Marching Pioneers of Lewis Center will perform eighth. The band is directed by Marc Zirille and Angela Zirille and assistants Jennifer Cabral-Hever, Tammy Dague-Mallett (flag adviser) and Craig Dunn (percussion). The band has 104 members; their school colors are royal blue and orange and their mascot is a pioneer.
The Whitehall-Yearling Marching Ram Band of Whitehall will perform ninth. Christopher Herrmann is the director and Christopher Boyd Tressler, Staci Fletcher and Missy Harrow are assistants. The band has 115 members; school colors are black, white and red.
The Gahanna Lincoln Golden Lions Marching Band of Gahanna will perform 10th. The band is directed by Rob Cebriak, Greg Miller and Jonathan Bradshaw. Bernadette Adams is the color guard instructor. Their school colors are royal blue and gold and their mascot is a lion. The band has 130 members.
The Marching Chieftains will close the show, followed by the Ohio University Marching Band finale.
The Ohio University Marching Band was founded in 1923 by Ohio University student, Homer Baird. The Ohio University Marching Band became the Marching Men of Ohio in 1967 when Gene Thrailkill became director of bands. Within the next several years, the band became known as the Marching 110. The name, Marching 110, referred to the original number of band members. While the band has expanded to 200 members, it has kept the name, which now stands for the 110 percent effort expected of all band members.
In 1967, the band also adopted the popular athletic marching style of the day, and began to rock … and, of course, dance. Drum major David Fowler began the tradition of dancing to go with the band’s new popular/rock tunes. In those years, not everyone could imitate Fowler’s moves, so the rule of thumb was if the director could master the steps, the band could too. The band’s first dance routine was to the original composition of “Ain’t Been Good” by John Higgins. The band has kept that song alive since 1968. Along with “Ain’t Been Good,” the band keeps several other songs in their repertoire including the Doobie Brothers’ classic “Long Train Runnin’;” “Cheer” by an obscure Ohio band and “Light Up” by Styx.
Director of the Marching 110 is Dr. Richard Suk. Other directors include: Dr. Andrew Trachsel, director of bands; Carissa Patton, graduate associate; John Lopez, graduate associate; Jake Young, graduate associate; Simon Wildman, graduate associate; Molly Wildman, graduate associate; Aaron Comstock, graduate associate; and Justin Sampson, announcer.
Highlights of band history:
• Founded in 1923, then revamped to the present style used today in 1967.
• Began the annual Varsity Night Show on Father’s Weekend at Ohio University in 1968.
• Made its first national appearances in 1968 at a Cincinnati Bengals game and the Tangerine Bowl, now called the Florida Citrus Bowl.
• Began the annual Ohio Theatre concert in Columbus in 1973.
• Was the first collegiate marching band to present a concert in New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall in 1976.
• Performed in the US Constitution Bicentennial Parade in Philadelphia in 1987.
• Performed in the 1993 Presidential Inaugural Parade of President Bill Clinton in Washington D.C.
• Performed in the 74th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in 2000.
• Performed as lead band of the 79th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in 2005.
• Performed in the 121st Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. in January of 2010.
The Ohio University Marching Band has performed for the following professional football teams in numerous appearances from 1968 to 2009:
• Buffalo Bills
• Cincinnati Bengals
• Cleveland Browns
• Detroit Lions
• Pittsburgh Steelers
• Toronto Argonauts (CFL)
• Washington Redskins
• New York Giants
• Jacksonville Jaguars
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