By Rick Palsgrove
The Groveport Madison High School Marching Cruisers make beautiful music and delight audiences with precise formations.
Because of these talents, the band is headed to the state marching band finals.
The Marching Cruisers, as well as more than two dozen other bands, will perform in the state finals on Nov. 7 at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium. The Cruiser band will perform its competition show, “La Nouba from Cirque du Soleil.”
At the state finals, all bands are rated based on general effect, visual quality, and music execution.
The Marching Cruisers last qualified for the state finals in 2018 and the band program has a long tradition of qualifying for state finals.
“Our big strength this year is the wonderful work ethic and determination of the students,” said the Groveport Madison High School band director. “They receive critique, work hard to improve, and their hard work continues to pay off. Our students are truly proud, ecstatic, and are determined to keep working hard through the remaining time until state finals.”
Reaching the state band finals after the challenges of dealing with the COVID pandemic for an extended time is a big accomplishment for the band. It will also be the first time appearing in the state finals for the sophomore and freshman students.
“Our students’ work ethic will continue to push us through having a successful year and continuing the tradition of a successful band program,” said the band director.