(Posted Sept. 21, 2018)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The Jonathan Alder Music Boosters have put together a treat for marching band fans.
On Oct. 6, bands from five high schools will perform their half-time shows and other prepared music under the lights on Jonathan Alder’s football field. The show starts at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Admission is $7 at the gate.
In addition to Jonathan Alder, the bands from Graham, Kenton Ridge, Liberty Union and Olentangy Orange high schools will perform. The format is an exhibition, rather than a competition. No point or ratings will be awarded.
“It’s designed as a very positive atmosphere where everyone is cheering for each other. You want to see a great half-time show; it pumps you up as a band student,” said Justin Hennig, director of bands at Jonathan Alder.
In addition to being an entertaining night for band students and the general public, the show will serve as a fundraiser for the Jonathan Alder music program.
Proceeds will go toward a variety of needs, from financial assistance for students who need help covering participation fees and instrument purchases to the purchase of marching band uniforms.
Jonathan Alder’s band is growing at such a rate that new uniforms are an urgent need, Hennig said.
“Each uniform costs about $650, which adds up when you have 20 or more additional students in the band each year,” he said.
Wear and tear is an issue, too, he added. Most of the uniforms date back to 2005.
Currently, 123 students march for Jonathan Alder. For the show on Oct. 6, the band will perform its pre-game show, which includes the school fight song, alma mater, “The Star Spangled Banner,” and Script JAHS. They also will perform the half-time show they are preparing for that week’s football game.
The Jonathan Alder Band Show will take place rain or shine. In case of rain, the event will move indoors to the high school gym. Concessions and a food truck are planned.
“We’re hoping that this becomes an established tradition at the school,” Hennig said.
Jonathan Alder High School is located at 9200 U.S. Rte. 42, Plain City. For more information, call (614) 873-4642.