The tireless efforts spent marching on the high school pavement did not go in vain as the 2017 Minford Marching Falcons revel in making school history. The Minford High School Marching Band attended the Ohio Music Education Association’s (OMEA) State Band Finals on Sunday, Nov. 5 in Dayton, where they earned a superior rating for the first time in school history.
“They’re a pretty impressive group of kids. We’re very, very proud of them. I had the opportunity to watch them perform that day, and they made us all proud,” Superintendent Jeremy Litteral stated at Monday night’s school board meeting. Minford School Board congratulated the entire band during the meeting.
Minford Band Director Adam Porter explained that many people do not understand exactly what it means for a band to get a superior rating at State.
“In our world, that’s like the championship,” Porter stated.
In order to even compete at the state marching band competition, band must first qualify for state at another band competition during their regular season.
Porter explained that 32 bands in Minford’s class qualified for state. Of those, only 11 earned superior ratings.
“Within those ratings, we were somewhere around sixth,” Porter explained. “So sixth in the state, that’s pretty impressive.”
The band director added that the Mighty Minford March Falcons had to work had to get to where they are.
“These kids word really hard,” Porter commented. They put in long hours, and I know a lot of people don’t get to see that. They work long hours out here in the parking lot in the heat, and this year it showed.”
Porter, who is also a Minford alumni explained that this group of band students accomplished something that he had tried to accomplish when he was just a student in the band.
Senior band student Cheyenne Shigley, who plays trumpet explained that getting a superior rating at state was the goal of her entire six-year band career.
“It felt amazing,” she stated. “We have been working for this for so long and been a senior and finally achieving what we have is amazing.”
Shigley added the the band has qualified and competed at State for the past five years. Ratings are numerical with a one being the highest or the superior rating. Every year, the band has earned a two until now.
Senior band student and captain of the color guard Nicole Huff explained that the guard has changed a lot in six years. They have been through difficulties and triumphs.
“My first year, we were excited to get third place at competitions,” Huff stated.
She explained that throughout the years, the band and the color guard just kept getting better, earning higher competition ratings until finally getting a superior this year.
After six years in band, Huff says hearing the judges says Minford earned a one on Nov. 5 was the best moment of her life.
Lead trumpet player Cash Perkins has been in marching band six years but has been in band total since he was in fifth grade.
“Going to state the first four years in the row and getting a two and then going and getting a one my senior year is definitely something you dream about, and being one of the only bands to get a one in our area certainly feels good,” Perkins stated.
Senior Katherine Brown who plays mellophone has been in marching band for five years, each of the years that Minford qualified for State.
“It’s the perfect fairytale ending for ending my senior on,” Brown said.
This year’s show was entitled “My Heros” and honored everyday heroes such as those with autism, cancer survivors, firefighters and the military. Huff explained that the show was inspired by a show performed by the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps, a world-class competitive drum corps.
This year will be a shining memory in the minds of the Minford band students, who finally accomplished something Minford had never seen before. However, the returning band students, this accomplishment also encourages them to continue the standards of excellence set this year.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.