GREENVILLE - Ten high school marching bands performed at the Great Darke County Fair Tuesday evening in the 31st Annual Band Spectacular.
Tri-County North, Mississinawa Valley, Bradford, Ansonia, Arcanum, Parkway, Versailles, Tri-Village, St. Henry and Greenville performed individual band compilations while ending the show playing together in a massed band finale conducted by Terra Moniaci.
Moniaci is in her 15th year of teaching, all of which has been at Tri-County North Schools. She has built a reputable program over the years while increasing the marching band from 15 members to over 60.
Tri-County North Marching Band from Lewisburg, Ohio performed first. They are under the direction of Moniaci with David Sink instructing percussion.
The band performed “Dark Horse”by Katy Perry, “Trumpets” by Jason Derulo, “Problem” by Arina Grande and “Love Runs Out” by One Republic.
This year the band will be performing at Halftime USA Band Festival, the Preble County Fair parade, Derby Days Parade and the Bradford Pumpkin Show Parade. The band also hopes to host their own festival in October and will be performing at Cedar Point Amusement Park in the spring of 2015.
The Mississinawa Valley Sound Machine, under the direction of Audrey Hathaway, performed its show entitled “Blockbusters: A tribute to the music of John Williams.”
In April, the group traveled to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and competed in the Music in the Parks competition where they earned first place and received a superior rating. Two members, Lane Manning and Savanna Woodruff were selected to the All Ohio State Fair Marching Band.
The Pride of Bradford Marching Band, under the direction of Megan Fulk, has 27 members this year. Fulk is assisted by Matt Melgaard and Guard Instructor Nancy Szilagyi and area band director and Bradford alumni Cory Canan.
The band performed a new arrangement of their fight song, music by Katy Perry and “Rockero” by James Swearingen.
The Tiger Marching Band, under the direction of Jessica Rench, has 17 members this year. They performed a collection of Motown hits that included, “Respect,” “I will follow him” and “Proud Mary.”
The Arcanum High School Marching Band has had a history of outstanding performances and high competition ratings throughout the years. The band, under the direction of Doug Albright, is a frequent qualifier for the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) state level competition with performances for the marching and concert bands.
The 46-member band is led on the field by Morgan McKinney with William Shoemaker instructing percussion. The band is supported by the A# Music Booster Club.
The band performed a tribute to The Beatles with songs “Magical Mystery/Hard Day’s Night,” Yesterday,” and “Eleanor Rigby.” Michaela McGaffic, trumpet and Evan Diemler, trombone, were soloists.
The Parkway Band from Rockford, Ohio, under the direction of Ryan Twigg and Leslie Baltzell, performed “The Sugar Show.”
The 73-member band played “I Want Candy, “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Pure Imagination” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me.” Featured musicians were Allison Gaerke, Madison Meyer, Talor Hesse, Brandon Baker and Paige Hamrick.
The Versailles High School Marching Band, under the direction of Ronda Stammen, has 47 members. Assisted by Ryan Robe, Jackie Jenkinson, Stephanie Kramer and Color Guard Instructor Robin Brown, the band has qualified for State Marching Band Finals since 2010.
The band performed “Eye of The Tiger” and “Canzona.”
The band will perform in the Walt Disney Magic Music Parade on Dec. 30.
The Tri-Village Marching Band and Dance Team, under the direction of Emily Brinkman and Kat Anderson-McNew, performed their production of “Winter Wind.”
The band is assisted by Paul Corbin, Cody Greenwell, David Lewis and Sara Hudson. The dance team co-captains are Ava Smith and Allison Parker.
The music was arranged by Paul Corbin.
The St. Henry Marching Redskins, “the band that dares to be different,” is comprised of 63 members. The band is under the direction of Elisha Hartings with assistance from Field Commanders Megan Post and Janel Franck.
The band performed top radio hits, “Happy,” “Radioactive” and “Counting Stars.”
The Greenville Senior High School Marching Band of Pride was the last to play. The band is under the direction of Scottie Moore, Kat Anderson-McNew, Carol Riffle and Kyle Snyder.
Field Commanders Adam Null and Erin Scott led the field.