(Posted Nov. 10, 2017)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Dreams came true last weekend for the Madison-Plains High School marching band.
For the first time in four years, the 50-member troupe earned the highest possible rating, a superior, at the Ohio Music Educators Association state marching band finals. The contest took place Nov. 5 at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.
“This is really cool for our program,” said Renee Hostetler, who directs the band with assistance from Andrew Lawrence. “We’re always pushing to get better as a team, as an ensemble and as musicians. We’re always pushing for success.”
To qualify for state finals, a band must earn a superior at a contest during the regular season, which coincides with football season. Madison-Plains did so twice, first at a contest at Bloom Carroll and again at Thomas Worthington.
In all cases, including the finals, the Eagles performed their 2017 half-time show. Titled “Dream,” the show included the following tunes: “Dreamer” by Supertramp, featuring senior Zachary Marchiando on trombone; “Pure Imagination” from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” featuring senior Christa Charles on trumpet; “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics; and an orchestral piece, “Nocturne,” from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
A total of 32 bands qualified for Class B competition at state. Madison-Plains was one of 12 to earn a superior rating.