Marauder Marching band qualifies for state finals

By Erin Perkins -

POMEROY — The marauder band had a superior 2016-17 marching season.

The Meigs Marauder Marching band had a tremendous amount of success at competitions this season. The theme for the show this year was, “Wanted, Billy the Kid,” in which they performed, “The Ballad of Billy the Kid,” by Billy Joel, “Billy the Kid Ballet,” by Aaron Copland, and, “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” by Bob Dylan.

Competition season began on Sept. 9 when the band travelled to Duncan Falls, Ohio for The Philo Challenge. The competition was for ratings only and the band received an excellence rating of 2.

Band Director Toney Dingess, along with Nick Michael, Dave Deem, and Jamie Deem gave their students encouragement to achieve a superior rating for the following competition Band a Palooza on Oct.7 in Maysville, Ohio. The band came home that evening with more than their superior rating, the color guard and percussion individually received superior ratings and they placed second in their class.

Even though the marauders accomplished their goal for the season, they still pursued further competitions. On Oct. 14, they attended Athens Invitation Marching Festival in Athens, Ohio placing third in the competition along with the percussion and the overall band receiving a superior rating. Knowing the biggest competition of the year was approaching soon, they needed to keep their chops fresh, so the band went to the Buckeye Classic in Nelsonville- York. The band placed second overall with first place awards going to the color guard and percussion. The color guard, percussion, and overall band received a superior rating. Basking in their success of the season, the marauders took the field at Dayton for the OMEA State Finals and left with an excellence rating of 2. The band has qualified for The Ohio Music Educators Association State Finals consecutively for 26 years.

The Meigs Marauder Marching band will be performing at the Pomeroy Christmas parade on Nov. 26 and the Middleport Christmas parade on Dec. 2.

By Erin Perkins

Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.

Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.