There are 240 members in this year's band, which consists of 157 brass and woodwind players, 28 percussionists, 30 color guard, and 3 field commanders.
The Grove City 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. The Band was the 2012 National Champions of the Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship in Phoenix, Arizona and was runner up Grand ChampioAns in 2008. The Band was also named the Grand Champion Band of the Fiesta Bowl Parade in 2012 and 2008. In 2006, the band was a sweepstakes winner in the Musicfest Orlando competition and named the Grand Champion parade band for the entire season, an award it also earned in 1993 and 1997. The Grove City Marching Band has been a finalist in several Bands of America Regional Championships. In 2005, the band traveled to Great Britain and performed in the London New Years Day Parade. The band has consistently received straight superior ratings at OMEA State Marching Band Finals since the inception of State Contest in 1980. The Greyhound Marching Band performed in the 1990 and 2000 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parades.
The Symphonic Band has consistently received superior ratings at OMEA State Concert Band Contest in class AA for the past thirty-nine years. Concert Band I has received superior ratings in class A and B for the past thirty-one years. In 1996 and in 2002, the Symphonic Band was one of five high school bands from the United States selected to play for the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic held in Chicago, Illinois.
The field commanders for this year's Marching Band are Becca Mix, Erica Kruse, and Jacob Stuckert.
2013-14 Grove City Marching Band Show
“Rebirth and Regeneration”
- The show begins with the chorale from the 1812 Overture, depicting a people of heavy heart, just before “Rebirth and Regeneration” in the social sense. This is followed by Tchaikovsky’sFinale from his 4thSymphony, which depicts the joy and exuberance of mankind.
- The second selection features a baritone and horn duet along with a trumpet duet. It is entitled “Prayer”. It depicts the spiritual rebirth and regeneration of man.
- The third segment of the show is from Dance of the Jesters by Tchaikovsky, a fiery and brilliant piece, which features the percussion section and ends with a high musical climax. It depicts man’s drive and exuberance following ones “Rebirth and Regeneration”.
- The final number begins again with the 1812 chorale, but this time is mixed with the popular hymn “Praise to the Lord”. It intertwines the joy and happiness found in an individual or people as they experience a social “Rebirth and Regeneration after experiencing tyranny, or an individual’s joy and happiness after experiencing a spiritual Rebirth. The show comes to a climax as the band revisits the large moments from the 1812 and hymn “Praise to The Lord”.