A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE!

 One of the Finest High School Bands in Ohio, The Mid-West, and the Nation!

 

The Grove City High School Bands!

Since the first meeting in 1909 there has been a band representing Grove City High School. ~ According to some historians GCHS had the very first marching band of any Ohio rural school.

The formation of the band is traced back to Mrs. Rolla White who gave music lessons in her home and at the Methodist Church.~ Her quest to keep the spirit of music alive in the Grove City community led to the formation of a 16 member marching band. On November 23, 1910 marched two blocks from the East Park Street School to the new high school located on Park Street.

According to a letter received from Mr. Grover Davis, a student from 1907-1911, the band first marched in 1910 under the direction of Sergeant Dumas from the Columbus Army Barracks.~ Mr. Davis and an interested student group had requested from the barracks commander, help in getting the GC band formed.~ The Sergeant was assigned and taught the students how to read notes, showed the trombone players how to watch their slides according to their notes and helped choose the best instrument for each member.~ After six months, Sergeant Bivins took over the band assignment and stayed several years.~ The main events for the band were local celebrations including Independence Day events, street concerts and summer Sunday evening concerts at Beulah Park.~ The band received their first uniforms in 1913.

There wasn't an employed band director until A.K. Germanson was hired as the school's first music teacher in the fall of 1933. ~ From that position, the marching band was completely organized and the symphonic and concert bands eventually evolved.

The Grove City High School Band Department prides itself in having well rounded and balanced instrumental music program. The Symphonic Band has performed in 1996 and again in 2002 at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic held in Chicago, Illinois. Each year there are only 5 United States Bands that are selected to perform for the huge convention of music educators and musicians from all over the world. The Grove City High School Symphonic Band has received a Superior "I" Rating at the OMEA State Concert Band Adjudicated Events since 1975. With this past spring's superior rating this marks the 37th year in a row in Class AA this band has received consecutive Superior Ratings at the OMEA Concert Band Contest. Concert Band I has also received consecutive Superior Ratings since 1984 at the OMEA state concert band adjudicated event (1984-1999 in Class B and 2000-present in Class A). For the Past three years, Concert II has received consistent Superior Ratings at State Concert Band Contest in Class C.

The Jazz Program has received many top awards in Music in the Parks and Music Fest competitions. Every year Jazz Bands 1 & 2 host a Dinner Dance which is typically sold out by mid-March. Jazz Band 1 has performed with Allen Vizutti, Mike Tomoro, and many other guest soloists as well as hosted a Jazz Festival for over 20 years.

The Marching Band is known not only in the Mid-West, but throughout the world! They have won championships in Florida, Arizona, Ohio and Pennsylvania, Marched twice in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parades (1990 and 2000) and marched in the 2005 London England New Year's Day Parade. In 2009 the Band was the Sweepstakes Winner of the Fiesta Bowl Parade and was the Reserve Grand Champion of the Blue Cross Blue Shield National Field Show at the Fiesta Bowl. In last 25 years the band has won over 80 Grand Champion Awards! The phenomenal record of accomplishments and Directors over the years can be seen below.

 

                                          Directors of Bands

1933-1935

A.K. Germanson

 

 

1935-1937

Fred Mayer

 

 

1937-1939

Albert Myers

 

 

1939-1943

Herbert Murphy

 

 

1943-1960

Richard Harris

 

 

1960-1964

James Johnson

 

 

1964-1968

Allen Zinn

 

 

1968-1971

Bill Theis

 

 

1971-1973

David Snapp

 

 

1973-1987

James Swearingen

 

 

1987-2014

George Edge

 

 

 2014 - Present

Jason Graham

 

   Grove City High School Marching Band Honors

YEAR

EVENT

HONOR

DIRECTOR OF BANDS

1970-1971

Marietta Band-O-Rama

1st Place Open Competition

Bill Theis

 

Fairborn-Baker Invitational

2nd Place

 

 

 

 

 

1971-1972

Fairborn-Baker Invitational

1st Place Class A

David Snapp

 

Marietta Band-O-Rama

Honor Band

 
 

Bengals vs Steelers at Riverfront

Pre-game/half time show

 

 

 

 

 

1972-1973

Ohio State Fair

Superior Rating

David Snapp

 

Marietta Band-O-Rama

Grand Champion

 
 

Fairborn-Baker Invitational

Grand Champion

 

 

 

 

 

1973-1974

Ohio State Fair

Superior Rating

James Swearingen

 

Fairborn-Baker Invitational

6th Place

 
 

Marietta Band-O-Rama

Honor Band

 

 

 

 

 

1974-1975

Ohio State Fair

Superior Rating

James Swearingen

 

Fairborn-Baker Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

Lexington Festival

4th Place

 
 

Bengals vs Browns at OSU

Pre game /half time show

 

 

 

 

 

1975-1976

Athens Invitational

Grand Champion

James Swearingen

 

Fairborn-Baker

2nd place

 

 

 

 

 

1976-1977

Ohio State Fair

Superior Rating

James Swearingen

 

Zanesville Bonanza of Bands

1st Place – Open Competition

 
 

Athens Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

Cincinnati Reds Festival

1st Place

 

 

 

 

 

1977-1978

Ohio State Fair

Superior Rating

James Swearingen

 

Zanesville Bonanza of Bands

3rd Place Class A

 
 

Columbus West Showcase

Grand Champion

 
 

Westland Invitational

Runner-up Grand Champion

 

 

 

 

 

1978-1979

Ohio State Fair

Grand Champion

James Swearingen

 

Columbus West Showcase

Grand Champion

 
 

Fairborn-Baker Invitational

Runner-up Grand Champion

 
 

Murray Kentucky Festival

9th Place

 

 

 

 

 

1979-1980

Ohio State Fair

Grand Champion

James Swearingen

 

Columbus West Showcase

Grand Champion

 
 

Athens Invitational

Runner up Grand Champion

 
 

Westerville South

3rd Place Class A

 

 

 

 

 

1980-1981

Ohio State Fair

Grand Champion

James Swearingen

 

Columbus West Band Showcase

Grand Champion

 
 

Athens Invitational

Runner-up Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 

 

 

 

 

1981-1982

Ohio State Fair

Grand Champion

James Swearingen

 

Miamisburg Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Newark Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 

 

 

 

 

1982-1983 

Children's Hospital Invitational

Grand Champion

James Swearingen

 

Miamisburg Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Tropicana Music Bowl Region Contest

Runner-up Grand Champion

 
 

Newark Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 

 

 

 

 

1983-1984

Pickerington Band Contest

Grand Champion

James Swearingen

 

The Ohio State Univ. Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

Children's Hospital Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

Tropicana Music Bowl Region Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 

 

 

 

 

1984-1985

Pickerington Band Contest

Grand Champion

James Swearingen

 

The Ohio State University Invitational

Honor Band

 
 

Westland Invitational

Runner-up Grand Champion

 
 

Zanesville Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Newark Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 

 

 

 

 

1985-1986

Pickerington Band Contest

Grand Champion

James Swearingen

 

Lancaster Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Westerville South Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

The Ohio State University Invitational

Superior

 
 

Miami Trace Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 

 

 

 

 

1986-1987

Pickerington Band Contest

Grand Champion

James Swearingen

 

Troy Band Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

The Ohio State University Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

Miami Trace Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 

 

 

 

 

1987-1988

Pickerington Band Invitational

Grand Champion

George Edge

 

Athens Band Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

Miami Trace Band Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

Newark Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Ohio State University Contest

Honor Band

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 

 

 

 

 

1988-1989

Lexington Band Invitational

2nd Place

George Edge

 

Zanesville Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Tropicana Regional Music Bowl

Finalist, 5th Place Overall

 
 

Newark Band Contest

Runner-up Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 

 

 

 

 

1989-1990

Westerville North Band Contest

2nd Place

George Edge

 

Middletown Band Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

Troy Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Miamisburg Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 
 

Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade

Performance

 
 

Sudler Shield Award

   

 

 

 

 

1990-1991

Lancaster Band Invitational

Grand Champion

George Edge

 

Athens Band Contest

Runner-up Grand Champion

 
 

Fairmont

Runner-up Grand Champion

 
 

Miamisburg

Runner-up Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 

 

 

 

 

1991-1992

Cambridge Band Contest

2nd Place

George Edge

 

Zanesville Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Lakota Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Newark Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Tri-Valley Band Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 

 

 

 

 

1992-1993

West Carrollton Band Contest

Grand Champion

George Edge

 

Colerain Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Xenia Band Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

West Jefferson Band Contest

Runner-up Grand Champion

 
 

Troy Band Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 
 

Music Fest Orlando, FL

Grand Champion

 

 

 

 

 

1993-1994

Talawanda Band Contest

Grand Champion

George Edge

 

Westerville North Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Newark Band Contest

Runner-up Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 

 

 

 

 

1994-1995

Zanesville Band Contest

Grand Champion

George Edge

 

Westerville North Band Contest

Runner-up Grand Champion

 
 

Bands of America Eastern Regional

Excellent Rating, 17th out of 33

 
 

Stebbins Band Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

Versailles Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 

 

 

 

 

1995-1996

West Carrollton Invitational

Grand Champion

George Edge

 

Zanesville Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Watkins Memorial

Grand Champion

 
 

Nelsonville-York

Grand Champion

 
 

Brunswick

Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 

 

 

 

 

1996-1997

Marietta Band O-Rama

Grand Champion

George Edge

 

Troy Marching Band Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

Lockland Band Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

Kettering Fairmont Band Contest

2nd Place

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 

 

 

 

 

1997-1998

Pickerington Band Contest

Grand Champion

George Edge

 

Licking Valley Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Lockland Band Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

Kettering Fairmont Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 
 

Music Fest Orlando, FL

Grand Champion

 

 

 

 

 

1998-1999

Findlay Band Contest

2nd Place

George Edge

 

Lockland Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

Pickerington Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Newark Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Tri-Valley Band Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 

 

 

 

 

1999-2000

Athens Band Invitational

Grand Champion

George Edge

 

Anderson/Turpin Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Kettering Fairmont Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

New Philadelphia

Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Finals

Superior Rating

 
 

Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade

 Performance

 

 

 

 

 

2000-2001

Watkins Memorial Band Festival

Grand Champion

George Edge

 

Troy Band Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

Tournament of Bands Baldwin, PA

Grand Champion

 
 

OMEA STATE FINALS

Superior Rating

 

 

 

 

 

2001-2002

Hilliard Darby Band Contest

Grand Champion

George Edge

 

Findlay Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Newark Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Tri-Valley Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

OMEA STATE FINALS

Superior Rating

 
 

Music Fest Orlando, FL

Grand Champion

 

 

 

 

 

2002-2003

Bands of America Regional Championship

Finalist, Best Overall Music

George Edge

   

5th Place Overall out of 32

 
 

Kettering Fairmont Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Newark Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Tri-Valley Classic

Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 

 

 

 

 

2003-2004

Athens Band Contest

Grand Champion

George Edge

 

Springfield Shawnee Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Turpin Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Tecumseh Band Contest

2nd Place

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 

 

 

 

 

2004-2005

Marietta Band-O-Rama

Grand Champion

George Edge

 

Thomas Worthington Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Lima Shawnee Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

New Bremen Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Brunswick Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 
 

London, England New Year’s Parade

Performance

 

 

 

 

 

2005-2006

Miami Trace Band Invitational

Grand Champion

George Edge

 

Bands of America Regional
 Championship, Pontiac, MI

Finalist, Superior Rating,
4th Place Overall out of 30

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 
 

Music Fest Orlando, FL

Grand Champion

 

 

 

 

 

2006-2007

Lockland Band Invitational

Grand Champion

George Edge

 

Hamilton Band O Rama

Grand Champion

 
 

Newark Band Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

Tri-Valley Band Classic

Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 

 

 

 

 

2007-2008

The OSU Buckeye Band Invitational

Grand Champion

George Edge

 

Teays Valley Band Classic

Grand Champion

 
 

Kettering Fairmont Band Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

Brunswick Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 

 

 

 

 

2008-2009

Lockland Band Invitational

Grand Champion

George Edge

 

Hamilton Band O Roma

Grand Champion

 
 

Anderson/Turpin Band Expo

Grand Champion

 
 

Versailles Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Fiesta Bowl Parade

Grand Champion

 
 

Blue Cross Blue Shield
-National Band Contest

Reserve Grand Champion &
1st Place General Effect

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 

 

 

 

 

2009-2010

Levy Failure-No extra curricular

Band Performed at OSU/
 Iowa Scull Session

George Edge

 

After Levy Passage in Nov:

Band Performed in Specto Light
Parade at Disney World

 

 

 

 

 

2010-2011

Mid-Ohio MB Classic / Watkins Memorial

Grand Champion

George Edge

 

Ohio State Buckeye Band Invitational

Highest Score out of 32 Bands
 (Grand Champion)

 
 

Anderson/Turpin Band Inv

2nd Place

 
 

Tecumseh Band Invitational

Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 

 

 

 

 

2011-2012

Kettering Classic

Grand Champion

George Edge

 

Ohio State Buckeye Band Invitational

Highest Score out of 40 Bands
 (Grand Champion)

 
 

Newark Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Tri-Valley Classic

Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 

 

 

 

 

2012-2013

Thomas Worthington Contest

Grand Champion

George Edge

 

Ohio State Buckeye Band Invitational

Highest Score out of 33 Bands
 (Grand Champion)

 
 

Teays Valley Golden Sound Showcase

Grand Champion

 
 

Brunswick Sound Spectacular

Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating

 
 

Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade

Grand Champion

 
 

Fiesta Bowl National Band Contest

Grand Champion

 

 

 

 

 

2013-2014

Pickerington Band Contest

Grand Champion

George Edge

 

Versailles Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

New Bremen Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Newark Band Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

Thomas Worthington Contest

Grand Champion

 
 

State OMEA Marching Finals

Superior Rating