Mya Stulce is a member of the Loveland High School Marching Band Colorguard

The Loveland High School Marching Band will compete Sunday in the Ohio Music Education Association State Marching Band Finals. They qualified for the State contest during their adjudicated performance on Saturday September 29 at the “Drums Along The Little Miami” marching band contest” sponsored by the Loveland Music Boosters and and held at the Loveland High School Tiger Stadium.

During the five days of performances at the Finals you will see and hear some of the finest high school marching bands in the state of Ohio.

Ohio bands receiving a final rating of “I” (Superior) in any of the 63 OMEA-sanctioned marching band adjudicated events held this fall are eligible to participate in the Finals.

These bands are not competing against one another, but rather against a standard, as determined by the Ohio Five Rating Plan.

There are nine judges involved in the evaluation of the bands. Of these, two evaluate the “musical performance”, two judge the “general effect” of the show, two judge the “visual program”, one field judge is evaluating the “percussion” section, and two judges concentrate on all auxiliary units of the band. The Overall Final Rating will be determined by the addition of “ratings” from the music, general effect, visual, and percussion judges.

The LHS Repertoire:
Blackstar – David Bowie, Under Pressure – David Bowie / Freddy Mercury, Symphony No. 4 “Heroes” mvt. 5 – Philip Glass, Heroes – David Bowie, Symphony No. 4 “Heroes” mvt. 6 – Philip Glass

The Tiger band is under the direction of Geoffrey Miller and there will be solo performances by Cara Noel, Ella Kiley, Megan Dakoske, Jack Armstrong, Liam Keldson, and Molly Hansen.

They will perform at 6 PM at Dayton Welcome Stadium, 1601 S. Edwin C Moses Blvd., Dayton, OH 45417

Ticket Pricing
Adults – $8
Seniors – $5
School age children – $5
Children under 5 are free

$5 per car

Loveland High School Band Background

The Loveland High School Marching Band has a long tradition of excellence. They have received straight division 1 ratings at the OMEA State Marching Band Competition for the past four consecutive years. This season, LHSMB will be traveling to compete at Miami University, Hilliard Bradley High School, Miamisberg High School, University of Dayton, and Mason High School.

State Marching Band Finals History

Band competition has been a part of the school music scene in Ohio since the early part of this century. The forerunners of the OMEA, the Ohio High School Band Association, and the Ohio School Band and Orchestra Association were all formed, at least in part, to foster competition in the state. Following the success of the Fostoria, Ohio Boys Band in winning the first national band contest in 1923 held in Chicago, the Fostoria director, John W. Wainwright, formed the Ohio High School Band Association. Ohio’s first contest was held in 1924 in Fostoria with eight bands in attendance. Prize money was supplied by the music industry including Barnhouse Publishers and Conn Instrument Company. There were four adjudicators in these early contests. By 1928 three adjudicators commented on the groups’ intonation, instrumentation, tone and harmonic balance, tone quality, precision and interpretation, and a fourth judged the band in sight-reading. In 1932 the newly formed Ohio Music Education Association stated among its goals “the promotion of state-wide contests in vocal and instrumental music.” Furthermore, when OMEA affiliated with MENC (Music Educators National Conference) in 1934 the two groups’ statement concerning contests mentioned that the purpose of these contests is to promote education through music. Read on…

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