Marching Band

Shawnee Contest 2014This year's marching band consists of 235 outstanding members which consists of 173 brass and woodwind players, 33 percussionists, 26 color guard, and 3 field commanders. This year's band is under the direction of field commanders Jacob Stuckert, Bailey Clanin, and Hannah Congrove.

The 2014 show was entitled "Reflections." The show opened with the well-known largo theme from Antonin Dvorak's New World Symphony before soaring into Ryan Nowlin's Fanfare for the Centennial. The second number was entitled On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss and depicts man's reflection on faith and perseverance in times of struggle. The third number captured the feelings of joy one experiences in times of excitement and new adventure; the band played Farandole from Georges Bizet's L'Arlesienne Suite. The show came to a close with the 4th segment and the return of music form the New World Symphony. Based on the 4th movement, this part of the show reflected on man's triumph over adversity and builds into a restatement of the opening largo theme.

The Grove City High School Marching Band has won over 90 grand champion awards during the last twenty-five years in OMEA competitions as well as regional and national events. Accomplishments this past season include five OMEA Contest Grand Champions, a State OMEA Marching Band Superior, and many best percussion, field commander, and auxiliary awards.

Our distinguished band program has been seen across the nation at many national and international events including: Fiesta Bowl National Band Champions in 2012, Grand Champions of the 2009 Fiesta Bowl Parade, the 2005 London, England New Year's Day Parade, the 2002 and 1990 Tournament of Roses Parade.  The marching band has consistently received straight superior ratings at OMEA State Marching Band Finals since the inception of State Contest in 1980.

Symphonic & Concert Bands

The Symphonic Band has consistently received superior ratings at OMEA State Concert Band Contest in Class AA for the past 41 years and Concert Band I has received superior ratings in Class A and B for the past 33 years.

Highlights for the Symphonic Band:

  • Performed at the 50th Anniversary of the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois on December 19, 1996.
  • Invited to perform at the Midwest Clinic again in 2002.
  • Performed at the1993 and 2001 OMEA State Convention and was the clinician band for the composer Francis McBeth at the 1995 OMEA State Convention, as well as for Mark Kelly in 1989.
  • Guest band for the Directors' Clinic at Miami University with Donald Hunsburger of the Eastman School of Music and H. Robert Reynolds
    from the University of Michigan.

Jazz Band

The Jazz Band was the Grand Champion Jazz Band of the Fiesta-Val International Band Contest held in Toronto, Canada in May 1995 and again in May 1996 in Williamsburg, Virginia. The band received Outstanding Jazz Band Awards in 1993, 1994 and 1997 at Music In the Parks competitions.